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NTSA deploys teams to help curb carnage during Christmas

10 December 2014, 09:11 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has deployed 20 teams to help manage major highways ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Addressing journalists during a free speed governor clinic in Nakuru, NTSA Director of Road Safety Matthew Munyao said that the team of NTSA officers will work alongside traffic police officers in order to ensure that highways remain safe.

“It is regrettable that last year 304 lives were lost in the month of December alone and we as NTSA aim at ensuring such deaths are reduced, he said.

This comes as the elders in Nakuru faulted the move by NTSA to erect bumps at Mau Summit-Sachangwan stretch without marking them.

The elders led by Wilson Leitich pointed that the bumps are welcome to stop accidents but their unmarked status is causing more accidents, calling for their marking and erection of proper signs.

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He said that the transport authority will also be cracking down on drunk drivers as well as drivers who drive un-roadworthy vehicles over the festivities.

“With the help of the universal policing unit, we will be able to charge drivers instantly for all traffic offenses detected upon inspection,” Munyao added.

Munyao said that NTSA had come up with a short code message service which drivers and stakeholders in the public transport sector can use to know which vehicles have met the stipulated rules.

“In order to access the service one needs to send the motor vehicles registration number to 22846,” Munyao said.

He said that if the return text message does not appear with the vehicle data base, then it means there was a shortfall in acquiring necessary vehicle documents.

The director noted that the short code will be modified to accommodate other report services regarding road safety.

The chairman of the central Rift PSV Sacco, Stephen Muli welcomed the service saying it will assist PSV owners to manage their vehicles.

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