Nairobi — Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo is advocating for all Public Service Vehicle drivers and conductors to be employed on a permanent basis.
He believes this will allow them to focus less on making more money in the shortest time possible and dwell on the quality of their driving.
"Because of this type of engagement many of them are forced to make many trips because the more trips they make the more money they make," Administration Police Spokesman Masoud Mwinyi said on behalf of the IG.
He added that, "If they were on permanent terms then they have regular schedules and whether they are on schedule or not, they know they have permanent employment and this helps in a very big way because drivers now do not have to overwork themselves looking for more money or to make better remuneration."
Kimaiyo is also proposing that owners of PSVs that ply long routes be required to have at least two drivers on board at any given time so the drivers are not forced to drive longer than eight hours.
The IG plans to hold a consultative forum with stakeholders in the transport sector in order to thrash out the modalities of translating these proposals into requirements.
"I have planned to hold a consultative meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for transport and major stakeholders to look into the modalities of enacting legislations which will assist in maintaining order on our roads," Kimaiyo's statement reads.
In the meantime, Kimaiyo has charged all officers with the task of ensuring a decline in road accidents, "I am directing that all OCPDs and all police officers countrywide to detect all traffic offences and enforce traffic rules at all times. This is in line with section 117B of the Traffic Amendment Act of 2012."
There have so far been 2,211 road fatalities this year alone including the deaths of six in Kericho on Saturday morning following a collision between a station wagon and a bus heading to Kisumu from Mombasa.
Pedestrians have thus far been the hardest hit at 1, 019 deaths followed by 575 passenger deaths and the demise of 211 motor cyclists, 205 drivers, 106 pillion passengers and 95 pedacyclists.