Matatus Banned on Nairobi Expressway

  • A Super Metro bus was involved in an accident at the Expressway entrance along Waiyaki Way on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
    A Super Metro bus was involved in an accident at the Expressway entrance along Waiyaki Way on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
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  • The government has introduced extreme measures to curb overspeeding on the new highway days after a series of accidents.

    In a statement by Transport CS James Macharia, the government banned matatus and all PSVs that carry more than seven passengers.

    The directive will be on a temporary basis awaiting proper measures - some of which the operator has already effected. 

    A collage image of an accident at the Nairobi Expressway Mlolongo toll station on July 4, 2022.
    A collage image of an accident at the Nairobi Expressway Mlolongo toll station on July 4, 2022.
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    "Since the Nairobi Expressway was opened to the public, a number of traffic accidents and incidents involving commercial passenger vehicles have occurred on the expressway. These have necessitated an investigation into the cause of these accidents and incidents so that appropriate safety interventions can be developed to ensure that commercial passenger vehicles use the expressway safely.

    "The Ministry of Transport has, therefore, taken the decision to temporarily restrict commercial passenger vehicles with a capacity of more than seven (7) passengers from using the Nairobi Expressway, as we investigate the cause of these accidents and develop appropriate safety measures," read the statement in part.

    Additionally, the government revealed that they were introducing traffic cops at various points to enforce various regulations put by the government such as speed limits.

    "The provisions of the Traffic Act will apply to those who do not observe stipulated speed limits. Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of Section 42 of the Traffic Act shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of up to Ksh100,000."

    In a separate interview with Kenyans.co.ke on Wednesday, July 6, Moja Expressway General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Zhang Jin, also revealed that they were introducing speed guns along the road to curb overspeeding which has been blamed for the numerous accidents.

    He stated that the speed guns would help them identify motorists who defy the speed limits that have been erected.

    Additionally, it was revealed that they would add more bumps and rumble strips to slow down drivers approaching the toll stations.

    "We are in the process of erecting more rumble strips at the exit points and introducing more speed bumps to control the speed, especially at the Toll Stations," he stated. 

    In a bid to protect toll attendants, it was revealed that metallic bars would be erected around the stations to prevent the destruction of the stations.

    "Our toll stations are fitted with a metallic H-bar protecting our toll attendants from work injuries and safeguarding the toll booths from wreckage in the unfortunate occurrence of an accident," the official revealed.

    An image of the Nairobi Westlands toll station of the expressway.
    An image of the Nairobi Westlands toll station of the expressway.
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