All driving schools training institutions to be registered a fresh as a measure to instill discipline among drivers-Government

Interior CS Fred Matiangi-FILE

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,19TH DEC 2017-The government will registered all driving schools across the country and have them registered a fresh in a move aimed at curbing the ever increasing cases of road carnage.

Acting Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi says it was time for all stakeholders to work together and find a lasting solution to perennial accidents witnessed especially in December claiming hundreds of innocent lives.

The CS has given the National, Transport and Safety Authority NTSA seven days to draft regulations that will have to be fulfilled by all operators of driving schools before being registered a fresh.

Accompanied by his transport counterpart James Macharia,Matiangi says it can not be business as usual.The CS has taken issue with traffic police department  which he says has rogue elements that have contributed to the cases of accidents in the country.

He says some traffic police officers deployed to monitor movements of traffic on various roads across the country had resulted to taking bribes and allowing untrustworthy vehicles to continue operating making it difficult to find the solution  to cases of accidents.”This are the guys who when they are apprehended and taken to court come back armed with court orders and the same are reinstated and deployed elsewhere,we can not allow this to continue”.said Matiangi’.The CS has also urged the judiciary to also work closer with  other players in the sector such as the ministry and the police to ensure that traffic police offenders are not released or given court injunction when arrested having taken a bribe on the roads.He says the move had contributed to the current situation.

He has also urged the inspector general of police to also ensure that traffic police  department had been well reformed and officers well vetted before been sent to duty.He singled out the department as one major problem.”Am also asking my other colleagues such as the inspector general to ensure that the department of traffic undergoes a total overhaul to get rid of all the rogue officers”.Matiangi stressed.

On  his side Transport cabinet secretary  James Macharia says the government will start undertaking short term measures on the deadly Nakuru- Eldoret highway in February next year which includes marking and erecting of bumps.He also added that long term plan was underway with the tender to have the stretch of the road passing through Salgaa and Sanchngwan  almost coming out.

The CS says the plan was to construct  dual carriage way so as to put to an end the problem.The CS has also blamed the drivers for the increased accidents on the roads saying they had deliberately ignored the basic rules .”We spend kshs 30 billion to built Thika superhighway    and the road is good it has no problem,the problem is the way drivers and motorists drive on that road it is unfortunate”.he said.Macharia has also revealed that government will fit a special gadget in form of microchip that will monitor speed in every track and long distance vehicles to ensure that  license of  any driver flouting traffic rules   is withdrawn immediately.

The CS also announced new hotline numbers on which the members of the public can use to call for help in case of an emergency on the roads.They are:  0718555999, 999, 911


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