All school buses in Kenya are set to be painted yellow after the National Assembly on Wednesday passed the Traffic (Amendment) Bill(2016) prescribing the change.
According to the bill sponsored by Laisamis MP Joseph Lekuton, the school buses will be painted yellow and their school names emblazoned in Black.
Under the new regulations contained in the Traffic (Amendment) Bill of 2016, the buses would also be barred from operating between 10 pm and 5 am
The change would also see buses ferrying children to or from school or for any non-school related activity in a group, fitted with safety belts designed to be used by children.
The new provisions would also see school bus drivers undergo and successfully complete a written or oral test covering a variety of issues including safety and first aid.
Individuals who would, however, contravene the new provisions and commits an offence shall be liable to a fine not exceeding Sh30,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two months, or both.
Vehicles that regularly transport school children but are not school buses are, however, exempted from the stringent rules but will be required to adhere to traffic rules.
The bill is awaiting presidential assent.
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