15 January 2014

Kenya: Trucks Also Need Night Regulations

Photo: Kenya Judiciary
High Court has dismissed a petition on night ban of Public Service Vehicles.


THE High Court yesterday dismissed an application to quash the ban on night travel by buses. Judge Isaac Lenaola said the bus owners should rather have applied to have the new regulations implemented over a period of time.

The Transport ministry has made it clear that there is no ban. PSV operators can apply for a night licence but they have to show that their vehicles will have two drivers if the journey is over eight hours, to have the night vision of their drivers tested, and to subscribe to an ambulance service like the Red Cross in case of an accident. These regulations are actually very reasonable, conform with international best practice, and will definitely reduce the number of accidents on the roads at night.

It is true that the ban on night journeys is causing a lot of inconvenience but the solution is for the bus owners to comply with the regulations and apply for their night licences. Scrapping the ban would achieve nothing. But even more accidents are caused by heavy lorries that travel at night without lights and one tired driver. The Transport ministry should now extend its night driving regulations to trucks and transporters.

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