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Govt mulls commercial vehicle laws

22 August 2014, 13:09

Nairobi - The government said Thursday it will put in place commercial vehicle laws by the end of 2014 as part of the effort to regulate commercial vehicles.

Transport Principal Secretary, Nduva Muli told a media briefing in Nairobi that the regulations will help improve the efficiency and safety of road transport.

"The new legal regime will have criminal and financial sanctions to heavy truck operators who endanger the lives of others," Muli said during the launch of the 2014 Logistics survey of East Africa.

"The aim is to ensure transportation along the northern corridor rises to international standards," he said. The northern transport corridor links the Port of Mombasa to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

He noted Kenya has the longest portion of the northern corridor transport and therefore its inefficiencies will affect the economy of East Africa.

He said that the laws are necessary as the truck industry has been unable to maintain standards on their own.

"Trucks will only be allowed to park in areas approved by the National Transport Safety Authority," the secretary said. Muli said that lack of regulations causes congestion in major highways.

According to the transport ministry, accidents by passenger vehicles have dropped by 50 percent since new safety laws were out in place in 2013.

"Commercial trucks are now the biggest causes of road fatalities," he added.

- Xinhua

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