Court Releases New Statement on Night Travel Ban

  • Nakuru High Court on Friday released a directive contrasting the night travel ban instituted by National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

    Resident Magistrate Nancy Makau noted that there are no provisions in the law to support the policy instituted by the agency on December 31.

    He made the directive while hearing charges placed against 13 drivers who had been arrested on account that they had violated the rule.

    He ordered the release of the drivers who were accused of driving at night without a license allowing them to operate during those hours.

    The magistrate ruled that there is no requirement that allows the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to issue any special license to a driver who wants to be allowed to travel at night. 

    [caption caption="Francis Meja"][/caption]

    “Looking at provisions of NTSA Act, the charges as brought to court do not create an offense.

    "As such the charge sheet is thus not admitted under Section 89 of the Criminal Procedure Code," she stated.

    NTSA and the National Police Service in a joint statement had released a statement indicating that the public service travel will be between 6 am and 7 pm.

    “Our records indicate that majority of crashes occur at night; in order to improve road safety, the authority in consultation with other relevant government agencies suspends night travel for all long-distance public service vehicles from December," part of the statement read.

    [caption caption="NTSA Director General Francis Meja"][/caption]