28 March 2014

Kenya: No Extension to Traffic Rules Deadline

Nairobi — PUBLIC vehicle drivers found to have flouted traffic rules such as over-speeding on more than one occasion are likely to lose their drivers' licences.

This is according to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Eng. Michael Kamau, who urged traffic commanders to exercise the power of revoking driving licenses of drivers who repeatedly flouted traffic offences.

“Instead of entertaining offenders who do not heed rules, why not use the power yet you have the power,” Kamau told traffic commanders in Nairobi.

He was speaking in a meeting he held with the traffic law enforcers ahead of the coming into force of the new traffic rules which are scheduled to commence early next week.

There have been jitters among the Matatu drivers and owners over the enforcement of the new rules.

The new regulations would include installation of digital speed governors, registered to a Matatu Sacco and a list of accidents that the vehicle has been involved in.

Engineer Kamau insisted that the deadline for Matatu operators to fulfill the requirements of the new regulations would not be extended.

He also stressed on the issue of over-speeding, which would hopefully be tackled by the digital speed governors.

“From Monday, anybody caught overspeeding will have brought himself to us and we will just have to deal with them,” said Kamau.

The new regulations are likely to set off a disruption of public transport mostly within the capital city as well as across the country due to the low number of operators who would have managed to fulfill the requirements of the regulations.

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