Night travel ban here to stay, says Transport Secretary
08 January 2014, 16:43
Nairobi - Transport Cabinet Secretary, Michael Kamau, said government would not relent enforcing the new traffic regulations despite an outcry by passengers and transporters.
Government recently put a ban on public vehicles transporting passengers in the evenings as part of measures to reduce carnage on local roads.
In addition, during the hours such vehicles are allowed to operate, they have to do so with more than one driver and take recesses along journeys.
“The directions were very clear, you must take a break after four hours and if you are driving there is no way that we are going to allow a bus to leave from Mombasa and end up in Malaba with one drive,” said Kamau.
The new measures aim to reduce road carnage that claims the lives of at least 3 000 Kenyans annually.
Fatigue among driver has been pointed out to be among the leading causes of road accidents thus the measure requiring that vehicles plying long distance have at least two drivers.
Each driver would be allowed to drive to a time not exceeding six hours.
A break of 30 minutes is compulsory.
However, the effects of the ban on night travels have had ripple effects with commuters being forced to cope with fare hikes.
The fares have doubled up in almost all the bus terminals.
This has not deterred Kamau.
“If one is going to pay KES600 or more to stay alive, one would pay that amount,” he said.
Some bus companies have also laid off some of their staff as they claim the new directive reduced job demand.
– CAJ News