Govt mulls ban on night travel by PSVs

Thirty-three people were injured in the accident that occurred at around 1am at Ntulele and were hospitalised at the Narok District Hospital/RED CROSS

Thirty-three people were injured in the accident that occurred at around 1am at Ntulele and were hospitalised at the Narok District Hospital/RED CROSS

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 30 – Transport Secretary Michael Kamau says the government will ban night travel by Public Service Vehicles to reduce road accidents, hours after the death of 41 people in Narok.

The directive was communicated through the Twitter handle for the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government.

In the communication, Kamau said the government will sue ‘City to City’ the bus company involved in the Narok Accident, because it didn’t have a valid Transport Licensing Board (TLB) certificate.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday warned that the government will take stern action against owners and drivers of Public Service Vehicles who flout traffic rules.

Speaking when he condoled with families of victims who died in the Mai Mahiu-Narok road accident, Kenyatta said drivers and owners of PSV must all take responsibility for their vehicles.

Thirty-three people were injured in the accident that occurred at around 1am at Ntulele and were hospitalised at the Narok District Hospital.

Kenyatta regretted that thousands of people continue to perish on the Kenyan roads due to recklessness and irresponsibility of drivers and the owners of the vehicles.

The Motorists Association in a statement asked for a ban on buses travelling at night until strict vetting is put in place to check the competence of drivers and also speed governors.

“To show seriousness of human life we call for a one month ban of passenger bus travelling at night just like in Tanzania until stringent vetting of drivers competence and fool proof governors are installed,” the association’s chairman Peter Murima said.

Murima said the authority has failed in its duties of ensuring traffic rules are observed and as a result people still continue to die on the Kenyan roads due to such recklessness.

He said the authority has failed in its duties of ensuring traffic rules are observed and as a result people still continue to die on the Kenyan roads due to such recklessness.

He further asked the President to issue a directive to reconstitute the National Transport and Safety Authority which he accused of corruption that had led to massive flouting of traffic rules

“NTSA officials should move out of the comfort of their luxurious offices and ride in buses incognito to arrest bus crew who manipulate speed governors. Those caught should have licenses suspended for one year,” the association’s chairman said.

LABAN WANAMBISI

Laban Wanambisi is a Parliamentary and Political reporter. He joined the Capital Newsteam in 2005. Since then, he has reported on many of the major news events over the years including his first major assignment covering the 2005 National Referendum on the Draft Constitution, and several other subsequent key national and international events.

  • Mazzdark

    That would be a massively unhelpful OVERREACTION! Kenya is a 24-hr transit economy for goods, services and people. How do you get from Nairobi to Kampala in the daytime and reach in time to safely secure onward transit. Or Busia – Mombasa etc?

  • Kihara

    Very good Idea. Busses travelling at night are a nightmare to normal traffic. Overtaking lorries and busses that are slower, and running you off the road. I just hate travelling at night for this same reason. Busses and their drivers are dangerous.