Principal Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Nduva Muli said the ministry will in the next one year roll out new generation driver’s licences and number plates in a bid to put a stop to counterfeits.
The automated number plates will be permanently attached to the vehicle and unique to each to help the police in tracing traffic offenders and enhance driver accountability.
The automated licences will serve as proof for police to record drivers’ offences that could lead to a licence being revoked on attaining a certain limit.
He says that the recently founded National Transport and Safety Authority will regulate and monitor safety on the roads.
“Previously we did not have a governing authority to regulate and monitor road safety and that is what led to the establishment of the National Transport and Safety Authority whose role is to implement policies and take charge to ensure safety on the roads,” Nduva said.
Muli said that the ministry had partnered with several law enforcement offices and this will help to curb graft as offenders will be charged instantly.
“We have partnered with the Judiciary, Traffic Police and the Prisons authority to have the three institutions present on our roads so that when one is caught in a traffic offence they are instantly fined and if they are not able to pay the fine then they are taken to jail. This is in order to curb the graft that occurs between the time when an offender is caught and the time that they are charged in a court of law,” Muli said.
“Matatu owners will also be charged together with their drivers and conductors for traffic offences,” he added.
He added that the recent “knee-jerk” crackdowns by the traffic police must come to an end and instead the police should be working with the motorists and pedestrians rather than against them.
Muli asked the members of the public to also engage in the reform process by reporting cases of road graft.
“We will mobilize Kenyans through social media and a hot-line where they can record footage of the rogue traffic acts and also call in to report traffic offences.”
This announcement came at a time when road carnage is on a rise with the most recent being a school bus in Kisii that killed 13 people.
Muli has asked school heads to take responsibility of school trips and avoid movement at night.