Additional weighbridges to be introduced to curb rising road carnage

The National Transport and Safety Authority has said it will map all black spots in the country and introduces additional weighbridges in a bid to curb the rising road carnage in the country.

NTSA chairperson Lee Kinyanjui that they have mapped out all black spots and proposed additional weigh bridges to be able to regulate the load on the commercial vehicles.

Kinyanjui who was accompanied by NTSA Director General Francis Meja said that they have proposed to the parent ministry of transport to allocate designate parking places for long vehicles among other measures.

Kinyanjui was speaking this morning in a meeting with parliamentary Transport committee chaired by Starehe MP Maina Kamanda; where they presented a draft commercial service vehicle regulations that is geared to tame road carnage.

“Radical changes need to happen but not limited to re- testing drivers and advocating behaviour change among drivers,” Maina said.

The authority cited over speeding, driver fatigue, unlicensed drivers, stalled vehicles and lack of clear visibility on roads has been cited  as some of the major contributors of road carnage.

The National transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) said that the  long commercial vehicles have also played a role  to the increased  rate of fatalities on our roads.

NTSA chairperson Lee Kinyanjui noted while the authority has tried to bring down the number of accidents, the non-regulation of the long vehicles has been challenge.

“These vehicles were not initially captured in our regulations, to the extent when we carry a crackdown on rogue matatus , they asked why we ignored cracking the whip on commercial vehicles, ” Kinjanyui stated.

“Kenyans are asking where did the Michuki rules go; we would want to know because there seems to be laxity in enforcing the law,” Maina asked.


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