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Mobile courts to be reestablished on highways in RV

08 January 2014, 16:43 Wilshere

Nakuru - Rift Valley Provincial Traffic Officer, Mary Omari, has said that mobile courts will be resuming operation along the highways in coming weeks to remove unworthy vehicles from the roads.

Omari said the mobile courts are not out to harass matatu operators in the County but to restore sanity and safety on the highways.  

“In few weeks time,the mobile courts will return on our roads because we want to reduce cases of accidents on our roads,” she said.

The PTO also warned matatu operators against giving out bribes to police officers adding that the law will not spare anyone giving or receiving bribes.  

Speaking on Tuesday in Nakuru during a meeting with the Central Rift PSV transporters, Omari said her officers are not allowed to collect money from any public vehicles.

“Corruption is two way traffic and that is why drivers and their conductors should stop giving out bribes to police office,” she said.

On the recent night travel ban, Omari said town service matatus are not restricted by the new curfew and that the law only applies to long distance public vehicles.

She noted that the ban is still in place until the central government calls it off.

At the same time, the PTO said more traffic police officer will be patrolling along the highways at night to ensure public vehicles adhere to the orders from the cabinet secretary of transport.

Omari also gave a grace period of three months to public vehicles to acquire original TLB from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

“We have agreed with the KRA that all matatu operators should have an original TLB in the next three months,” she said.

The traffic police boss said her officers will be confiscating all substandard documents from drivers and conductors.

She noted that the law will be tough on anyone who will be found with fake driving license or TLB.     

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