The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Monday, May 8, kicked off a nationwide crackdown on motor vehicles for violating Traffic Laws and Regulations.
In the operation, which kicked off in the wee hours of the morning as children reported back to school, officers drawn from multiple agencies mounted roadblocks and asked motorists to avail official documents for scrutiny and authentification.
Part of the crackdown titled Road Safety Clinic, motorists were expected to present their National Identification cards for both drivers and conductors as well as their valid licenses.
"The crew is required to produce a speed limiter certificate for the specific vehicle which they are operating in," NTSA further clarified
The crackdown was in response to Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen's directive in which he ordered the authority to ensure that both private and public service vehicles were in compliance with the Law.
On Wednesday, April 19, Murkomen issued two directives to NTSA and school heads after a tragic accident killed six students along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, noting that no school means of transportation shall be allowed to operate between 10 pm and 5 am as outlined in the Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2017.
CS Murkomen also asked NTSA to ensure that all school-going children are allocated seats with functional seatbelts and must be put on at all times.
In response, NTSA stated that vehicles that fail to comply with the Law will be issued with a prohibition order, booked, and presented for compliance inspection at the NTSA inspection centre.
The authority further explained that the Safety Clinic exercise of inspecting the vehicles while on the road will ensure that the lives of travelers including school-going children were safe.
"The clinic is a multi-agency initiative and is free of charge," the National Transport and Safety Authority assured motorists that exercise will not consume a lot of time.
The Safety Clinic was also assessing behaviour and attitude change among road users and improved road safety compliance by PSV, commercial vehicles and Boda Boda operators.
"All public service vehicles and commercial vehicles (tare weight of 3049Kgs and above) must operate with functional speed limiters," the National Transport and Safety Authority explained.
NTSA further noted that it was in enhanced collaboration with a number of stakeholders in road safety management.
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