Traffick crackdown kicks off in Kenya

Kenya's National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in collaboration with various government agencies on Monday kicked off a nationwide crackdown on unroadworthy vehicles and rogue drivers.

The exercise aims at curbing road accidents that have been on the rise across the country.

“As a government, we are concerned about the rising cases of crashes. This must stop. Road safety remains a shared responsibility between all road users,” stated the Government Spokesperson Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna.

All forms of noncompliance with the Traffic Act and applicable laws are targeted by the exercise termed Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) on road traffic enforcement operations.

NTSA officers will be on the lookout for un-prescribed number plates installation of throb lights and installation of flashing lights, vehicles with foreign plates without motor vehicle foreign permits, illegal PSVs – (Usiku Sacco, Voxy, Sientas, Probox, etc.), speeding miraa ferrying vehicles in Meru and Embu, and unlicensed tuk-tuks in Nairobi, Mombasa and their environs.

Other infractions include driving without a valid Road Service Licence (RSL), without a PSV badge, without a uniform, without a driver's license, or wearing a reflective jacket.

Also targeted are operating without a helmet, operating uninsured motor vehicles, excess pillion passengers, worn-out tires, contravening insurance defective motor vehicles and exceeding the speed limit.

The exercise will run until the end of March.

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