, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21 – Traffic Commandant Jacinta Muthoni has cautioned members of the public against using unlicensed vehicles to travel during the festive seasons.
Announcing measures her department is putting in place to curb road carnage during the 10-day period, Muthoni said police will conduct a crackdown aimed to nab motorists who will use their private vehicles to transport people to the rural areas.
“You can tell if they are members of the same family, because when we call for National Identification Cards, you can tell this are people travelling in a PSV on a fare for hire basis,” she said.
“We have arrested many of them and people are still using them because they know this vehicle is going from Kisii to Nairobi.”
She said those found offending the laws will have their vehicles impounded for the entire season and will be presented before court.
The Traffic Commandant clarified that her department has not effected a 50-kilometer per hour speed limit for motorists using the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
Her deputy Pius Barasa explained that the Kenya National Highway Authority (KENHA) occasionally impose speed limits on roads which have recorded a high number of accidents related to speeding.
‘KENHA usually put certain limits where the public has made complaints, this is done to reduce the number of the accidents but the information is usually shared with us and as of now we are aware of such regulations or limits being put in place,” he said.
Muthoni has warned motorists against engaging in traffic offences, saying no one will be spared by the law during this festive season.
She said the Traffic Police Department is collaborating with National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) to enforce traffic rules strictly to tame the high road carnage that is usually reported during the festive season.
The Traffic Commandant issued a stern warning to motorists against overlapping, drunk driving and ignoring seat belts while on the road, saying all traffic offenders will be arrested and charged.