The Star (Nairobi)

29 November 2012

Kenya: Matatu Operators Strike Over New Traffic Laws

Police countrywide have stepped up vigilance on the roads on the second day of the implementation of new traffic rules. Close to 1,000 motorists have ... ( Resource: New Traffic Laws Take Effect in Kenya

Sections of the city are experiencing transport hitches as some 'matatus' are holding demonstrations in opposition to the new traffic rules. Matatus plying Ngong' road, Rongai and Limuru road have halted services and are staging demos over the new traffic rules set to come in force on December 1.

Other routes are not yet affected. The drivers and touts say that the rules will not streamline the transport sector, but will increase corruption. They said that the rules will provide traffic police officers with an avenue to enrich themselves since the on-the-spot fines are very high.

Matatu Saccos have gone to court to block the implementation of the new traffic rules. Operators under the Drivers and Conductors, Matatu Welfare and Matatu Owners Associations however say they are not part of the ongoing strike.

Under the new laws, all police officers will be able to enforce the traffic laws. The new laws carry serious penalties and are meant to curb the rising number of road accidents in the country.

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