6 January 2014

Kenya: Heavy Trucks Need Speed Governors - Kamwaro

FORMER Traffic and Licensing Board chairman Hassan ole Kamwaro has called for the introduction of speed governors on heavy commercial vehicles.

He said the vehicles should be under the National Road Safety Regulation Board so as to be properly regulated. "Most of the accidents that have been reported lately have involved heavy commercial vehicles. If we are to see a reduction in road accidents such vehicles must be fitted with speed governors," Kamwaro said. He spoke to the Star in Narok town at the weekend.

Kamwaro welcomed the move by the Transport ministry to introduce mandatory re-testing of driving for all drivers.He said the intended reforms being spearheaded by Transport Secretary Michael Kamau are commendable because they will reform the training of drivers and issuance of licenses.

"Kenyans should support the move because it will guarantee their safety on the road. I have confidence that Kamau will play a great role in road safety because I am seeing him as another Michuki," Kamwaro said.

The former TLB said 85 per cent of road accidents are caused by human error. He said if only competent drivers are allowed on the roads, carnage will be reduced significantly.

"The drivers are to blame in most of the accidents being reported daily. Mandatory re-testing will weed out those drivers who were licensed through dubious ways," Kamwaro said. He said there are many drivers who have never gone to driving school but have been issued with licenses.

Kamwaro said reckless driving will be dealt a major blow because the changes call for cancellation of the licence of any driver that is reckless.

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