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Police begin impounding vehicles with sirens

13 January 2015, 14:53 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, has directed the Acting Inspector General of Police, Samuel Arachi to impound on any unauthorized vehicle with sirens to adhere to Traffic laws and curb unwarranted use of sirens.

Nkaissery said some people switch on the sirens without any justification to cause panic, apprehension and annoyance to other road users in addition to attracting unnecessary contempt making motorists reluctant to give way, thereby jeopardizing genuine cases of siren use.

“For the purpose of clarity, other than the President of the Republic and the Deputy President's, the only other vehicles which are supposed to have sirens are police vehicles, ambulances and fire engines,” said Nkaissery.

Traffic Laws Chapter 403 Rule Number 34 guides on fitting and use of sirens, bells and gongs while Rule Number 83 stipulates the manner of conduct by motorists when such authorized vehicles use these devices.

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“In order to preserve the dignity and purpose for which these devices were intended for, from today henceforth, all vehicles which are not supposed to have sirens and are fitted with the same must have them removed immediately,” ordered Nkaissery.

“I have directed the Inspector General of National Police Service to, with immediate effect, issue orders for police officers to impound any unauthorized vehicles with sirens and subsequently charge in court of law the owners of such vehicles,” added the Cabinet Secretary.

Nkaissery also ordered some PSVs particularly matatus and hearses having horns that resemble sirens to remove them or else risk being impounded.

He urged motorists to be law abiding persons to avoid non-compliance which leads to legal penalties.

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