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Kinyajui: Night travel ban has reduced accidents

28 February 2014, 10:25

Nairobi - National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman, Lee Kinyanjui, said government’s ban on night travel had yielded positive results by reducing road accidents in the country.

Without disclosing figures, he said there had been a 25 percent decrease in the number of road accidents in the two months that the night travel ban had been in force.

Government introduced the night travel ban following the increase in road accidents that had peaked as many people travelled to different destinations.

“Kenya is among the top 10 countries in the world that contribute the biggest percentage of road accidents,” said Kinyanjui.

He said that the ban would be in force until the bus owners complied with the requirements for them to be allowed to commence night travel again.

The requirements, he said, were enshrined in the Public Service Vehicle Regulations that were gazetted in December 2013.

“Among the requirements needed for a bus to be allowed to travel at night include having a tracking system fixed on their buses,” said Kinyanjui.

He added that the tracking system would enable the bus to be tracked in order to ensure that the vehicle worked within its registered routes.

Kinyanjui said that other requirements include the bus owners hiring two drivers per bus so that they could take turns to drive the long-distance buses to avoid fatigue. 

Mandatory stopping locations have to be given to the authority which would ensure via the tracking system that the buses had really stopped where they are supposed to after every four hours of driving.

“Through the tracking system the National Transport and Safety Authority will know how fast the bus is driving and therefore the cases of over-speeding will be checked through the geo-mapping system,” said Kinyanjui.

- CAJ News

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