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Transport agency receives major boost in road safety

Monday, March 21, 2016

Transport Agency Receives Major Boost In Road Safety

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia flags off patrol vehicles given to the National Transport and Safety Authority at Uhuru Park on March 21, 2016. The vehicles will have a breathalyser, speed-checking instruments, and a document verification device. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary

  • Mr Macharia observed that Thika road is one of the major problematic areas for law enforcers, citing low compliance to traffic rules by Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV).
  • Mr Kinyanjui further said the board is pushing for new laws that would deal with traffic offenders.

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Road fatalities are likely to reduce after the National Transport and Safety Authority received 45 patrol vehicles and 100 police officers to help in enforcement of traffic rules. Transport CS James Macharia said the first batch of officers, who will report to NTSA, had been approved by the Interior ministry.

The police officers will work under the ambit of NTSA to beef up enforcement operations as we endeavour to contain fatalities on Kenyan roads, he said. Mr Macharia observed that Thika road is one of the major problematic areas for law enforcers, citing low compliance to traffic rules by Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV).

Consequently, he said three patrol cars will be positioned on the highway.

We have to ensure that matatus that stop anywhere are stopped by all means, he said. The vehicles will have a breathalyser, speed-checking instruments, and a document verification device for, among others, authenticating driver s and road licences and inspection stickers.

The new technology can liaison with a control room and give feedback on fake driving licences, road licences and other road documents, said NTSA Director-General Francis Meja. The Authority’s Chairman Lee Maiyani Kinyanjui also said five ambulances will be stationed at accident prone spots for quick response.

Our biggest issue has been recovery when there is an accident. The average response time has not been the best and that is what we are trying to deal with, he said, adding, this is the first batch of ambulances that are targeted at ensuring that the average time it takes to get road accident victims to a hospital is drastically reduced.

Last year 3, 057 people were recorded to have died on Kenyan roads. He announced plans to replace 10 bumps on the road with foot bridges within the next three to six months at a cost of about Sh300million.

Mr Kinyanjui further said the board is pushing for new laws that would deal with traffic offenders.

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