NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 7 – A new tamper proof speed governor that incorporates a recording device has been introduced.
The chairman of the Speed Governor and Road safety Association Edward Gitonga says the governor is programmed to stop a moving vehicle if it is tampered with and the recording device will enumerate the vehicle’s speed within 72 hours.
“This speed governor is created with a tamper proof switch which if tampered with, it slows the car down and eventually brings it to a stop,” Gitonga said, adding “The device also has a recording programme where speed limits are taken down for a number of hours and police and vehicle owners can use this as a reference point.
Speaking to journalists during the launch on Sunday, Gitonga urged the government to withdraw the old speed governors and gazette the new ones.
“It will force drivers to comply thus reducing the high numbers of road accidents that have been reported recently,” he added.
“Rogue vehicle owners and mechanics had found a way of tampering with the old generation governors and that is why we want them to be replaced.”
Crispus Kinene, an official of the association echoed his remarks adding, “The new speed governors have undergone various trials by both the private and public sectors and certified to be compatible with Public Service Vehicles.”
“It has been a two-year journey and we hope that the implementation of this device is prompt,” he added.
The association officials explained that even with the newly implemented CCTV cameras and traffic lights on the roads, the speed governor is most geared towards reducing road carnage.
“Traffic officers will be able to fully enforce all the various traffic regulatory systems that the government has put in place like the lights and cameras.”
“The speed governor will be able to immediately nab the perpetrators and use the records to charge them on the spot,” they explained.
The speed governor was introduced by the late John Michuki when he was Transport Minister.