The Star (Nairobi)

28 August 2014

Kenya: NTSA Is Wrong On Highway Signage

editorial

The National Transport Safety Authority has embarked on a campaign of having motorists stopped and fined cash bails of as much as Sh10,000 for allegedly breaching speed limits and other road signage communications.

But the problem is that the signage is for the most part non-existent or in such bad repair it is indecipherable.

NTSA claims here has been such a spate of vandalism that every other time they install signage, it is vandalised and, or stolen.

There cannot be such a market for stolen signage as to cause such a vandalism and looting spree. NTSA has not done its job and has its priorities all wrong. Most speed bumps on most roads in capital city Nairobi have no paint or other signage.

When was the signage on Waiyaki Way, Westlands, for example, last repaired or upgraded? Motorists are being fined for allegedly being in breach of non-existent road safety infrastructure.

NTSA's tough talk in its current lopsided crackdown and attitude cannot pass for a well-meaning public awareness campaign.

Sputtering officials who can barely string two sentences together in English are not helping a bad situation either. The old canard "ignorance of the law is no defence" is bandied about by such fellows like a fetish. The more appropriate bromide here ought to be "what you don't know will kill you".

Quote of the day: "Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt." -- Canadian writer Robertson Davies was born on August 28, 1913.

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