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NTSA donate a patrol car to be used at the Salgaa black spot

27 May 2014, 12:11 Robert Chepkwony

Naivasha - The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is seeking to boost efforts to curb the road carnage menace that has claimed hundreds of lives along the Nakuru - Eldoret highway specifically along the 14km Salgaa-Kibunja stretch.

The Authority’s chairman, Lee Kinyanjui said this on Monday when the Authority donated a vehicle to boost patrols along the stretch in addition to deploying more traffic police officers in the area.

“The vehicle will help in enhancing patrols along the 14km stretch between Salgaa and Kibunja along Nakuru-Eldoret highway. Our staff who will be in charge of the vehicle will be working closely with the traffic police officers in monitoring how vehicles are driven especially as they start to descend down the meandered stretch towards Salgaa from Eldoret,” said Kinyanjui.

Kinyanjui regretted that most accidents were being caused by reckless drivers who use the climbing middle lane to overtake.

He also hinted plans to set up a yard that will accommodate about 200 trucks at ago before they descend the Sachang’wan steep from Eldoret, saying the trucks will be checked thoroughly to ensure they do not have defects before they are allowed to proceed.

Again, the chairman said vandalism of road signs was playing a negative impact on road users who are new to the black spot.

His sentiments were echoed by the NTSA Director General Francis Meja, who said that apart from intensified patrols, presence of speed guns will boost surveillance.

Kinyanjui also urged the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Transport should revoke driving licenses of those caught flouting traffic rules, reiterating that plans were underway to put up an alternative road for trucks along the stretch.

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