Women Reps plan to table a Road Safety motion
02 October 2013, 18:37
Nairobi - Two Women Representatives - Gladys Wanga and Priscilla Nyokabi - who are representing Homabay and Nyeri counties respectively, plan to table a Road Safety motion in Parliament that would reduce the number of lives in road accidents.
Speaking to a local radio station on Wednesday, Hon. Nyokabi said the two were moved by the growing number of road accidents on Kenyan roads which need to be seriously addressed through formulation and enforcement of traffic laws.
"It is sad that by the end of last month, over 2 000 lives had been lost in fatal road accidents in the reported 450 accidents," said Nyokabi.
"That's why Hon. Wanga and I are going to present the Road Safety Bill in Parliament which includes strict enforcement of the Michuki Traffic Laws, and proper Traffic Disaster and Safety Management measures," she added.
Nyokabi said though traffic laws have been put in place, the rising cases of road carnage result from the lack of strict observance to them. She added that they will consult with their colleagues in Parliamentary Committee on Public Transport to set up a Commission that would look into the traffic issue to be prioritised in the Bill to reduce road accidents.
She also proposed that the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to provide the needed driving training and issuance of licenses to drivers in an effort to curb the accidents.
"Many drivers lack adequate driving training especially youths operating boda boda taxis who even lack licenses leading to such growing road accidents. Thus NTSA should ensure that these youths acquire the driving skills and licenses without fraudulent acquisition," recommended Nyokabi.
Nyokabi warned the public against falsely perceiving the formulation of Commissions as a way of vandalising their money.
Hon. Wanga said the Bill will also focus on the manner in which manufacturers make public vehicles' body parts citing that in the event of an accident, the buses always split into two leading to loss of many lives.
"In other countries like South Africa, when the bus is involved in an accident we don't see it divided into parts hence only a few people die unlike in Kenya," said Wanga.
"Through our Bill, we will ensure that manufacturers make high standard buses to curb the unpredictable road accidents," she added.
Wanga further cautioned the police against taking bribes from irresponsible and reckless drivers nabbed breaking traffic rules.
She further said the banning of night traveling as suggested by the government would not be a solution to road accidents sayng the government should instead focus on ensuring that traffic officers strictly enforce the laid down regulations, roads are in good conditions and every public vehicle meets the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operational demands including registration.
Wanga proposed that NTSA should ensure that boda boda operators put on reflector jackets and helmets all the time for their own safety.
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