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Reckless users might pay for roads destruction

27 March 2014, 09:23

Nairobi - The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has made a proposal to have those who destroy road infrastructure to pay for the repair and maintenance.

Principal Secretary for Infrastructure, John Mosonik, said that getting the culprits especially drunken motorists who dent guardrails to pay for their damages, was one of the proposals that the department had in order to curb the ballooning maintenance budget in the department.

Mosonik said that contracts worth KES 600 million had been awarded to different contractors in Nairobi County to undertake repair and maintenance of roads.

He said the contracts should begin immediately.

He added that punitive measures were the ideal solution if the costs that the ministry incurred in maintenance were to be reduced.

“We are looking at a future where if you damage guardrails you are supposed to pay for that. That is the way to go,” said Mosonik.

Vandalism of road infrastructure is a big problem to the ministry.

The government loses most of its steel in roads to vandals who in turn sell them to scrap metal dealers.

Mosonik has continually called upon the general public to look out for vandals whom he said were depriving roads of critical warning signs and safety facilities and were significantly contributing to road accidents as well as the high cost of maintenance and replacement.

 – CAJ News

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