The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Night Travel Ban Is Ill-Advised


The unilateral decision to ban night travel for buses cannot be the solution to the road carnage that has in recent weeks seemed to have gone out of control.

The ban is yet another attempt to introduce yet more regulations to bring road carnage under control. If anything, it confirms that while the transport sector is the most regulated it is where these laws and regulations are most inneffectual.

The decision will trigger the opposite effect-- more bus drivers will be forced to speed to ensure they reach their destination to meet the 6 pm deadline.

Overloading is likely to ensue as more people struggle to get back to their homes after the holidays giving police ample opportunity to line their pockets as has been their practise.

While there are those who will attribute the lack of any major accidents over the holiday period to this directive issued just last Friday, more prudent minds will point out that the knee-jerk measure has had little or no direct impact.

Instead of using night driving as a cop-out for road carnage, the government needs to strenuously ensure enforcement of all the transport laws, rules and regulations that exist. Quote of the day: "Power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages," Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist, chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children such as The Jungle Book was born on December 30, 1865.

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