, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – The government has put in place tough measures to curb road accidents during the festive season as statistics revealed that 180 deaths have occurred since December 1.
Speaking during a joint press conference with the Interior Ministry on Tuesday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said some of the measures include mapping out risky areas like the Northern Corridor, Nairobi-Thika-Sagana highway, Mai Mahiu-Narok-Kisii and the Kericho-Kisumu and Kisii-Ahero highways.
“The government has mapped out risky areas in the country. The National Police Service and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) have been directed to enhance surveillance and enforcement of traffic rules in these areas,” he stated.
He explained the police and the National Transport and Safety Authority will also target Public Service Vehicles operating illegally at night and their owners and drivers prosecuted.
“The police and NTSA have been issued with instructions to ensure that PSVs operating at night illegally are targeted. Owners and drivers of such vehicles will be prosecuted. All drivers found speeding will have their licenses revoked,” he warned.
His sentiments were echoed by his Acting Interior Ministry counterpart Fred Matiangi who stated that through a database, those drivers who commit multiple traffic offenses will be blacklisted.
“All drivers causing death by dangerous driving will have their licenses revoked and will face the death sentence for murder. NTSA will profile and create a database for all drivers of PSVs and heavy commercial vehicles. Those drivers who cause traffic offences will be blacklisted. Employers will be required to check the NTSA portal for driver history before employment,” he stated.
He appealed to all road users to play their role in enhancing road safety by adhering to traffic rules and speaking out against reckless driving.
“New generation e-licenses will be issued to all drivers starting January 2018 in a phased programme and priority given to PSV vehicles. All drivers particularly PSV vehicle drivers will be retrained once more in a phased manner commencing January 2018. This will be done in the various training centres and all accredited driving schools across the country and using the new competency-based curriculum,” he said.
He further indicated that licenses for PSVs allowed to operate at night will be reviewed and those SACCOS whose vehicles are involved in road crashes will be banned.
“NTSA has been directed to categorise PSV SACCOs and companies based on their road safety records. SACCOS with poor records will be deregistered.”
He also stressed the need for motorcycle riders to follow traffic rules and regulations.
The measures come as NTSA stated that any vehicle that stalls on the road must be removed from the road within an hour.
In a statement, Director General Francis Meja stressed that once a vehicle stalls, cautionary measures should be taken to alert other road users.
He stated that clearly visible signage should be put in place and the Authority plus police notified of the stalled vehicle.
He explained that should a stalled vehicle not be removed within the cautionary hour, it will be towed to the nearest police station at the owner’s risk.