NTSA supports Traffic Amendment Bill, 2014
30 January 2015, 10:33
Nairobi - NTSA has backed the Traffic Amendment Bill, 2014 that was tabled in Parliament by Laisamis Constituency MP, Joseph Lekuton.
Through Deputy Director of Road Safety, Duncan Kibogong, NTSA said that the there is need for the Bill to be passed into law so so as to avert deaths on our roads.
Speaking at a stakeholder’s forum on Traffic Amendment Bill organized by Kenya Alliance of Resident Association at a Nairobi hotel, the Deputy Director said 50 percent of accident victims are pedestrians especially children, and if the bill is passed to law it will be of great help.
He also said that NTSA had proposed the reduction of speed limits and erection of clear traffic signs on the roads.
He added that there should be a new curriculum for driving schools as the current one is outdated, and also proper training of drivers.
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MP Joseph Lekuton said he moved the bill because of the rising number of accidents in the country.
"We want to reduce the number of kids dying near schools and estates," the Legislator said, adding that the bill had already passed the second reading.
He urged the public to read the draft and give their recommendations.
The Bill seeks to regulate the speed of the vehicles to 30 km/h around schools in order to protect children when crossing the road from school.
It also seeks to prescribe fixed statutory penalties for offences related to speed and provide safety of children in motor vehicles designated for school transport.
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