Kenya new traffic laws: What you need to know
The last four days commuters have been stranded after the Amendment of section 12 of Cap 403 of the laws of Kenya introduced stringent measures in road use.
The president signed the amendments making them law. The laws are aimed at bringing sanity to the road transport sector and reduce road carnage which now stands at an average of 3,000 deaths annually. But the public transport(matatu) have opposed the new laws and even gone to court.
Here are some of the changes that may affect you
- Number plates: When you sell your vehicle, you should surrender the number plates to the registrar of motor vehicles. Remember to surrender the number plates to the registrar otherwise you risk being arrested and fined
- Overlapping, obstruction, driving on pavement or through a petrol station to avoid traffic: You risk a fine of Kshs 100,000 -300,000 or One year in jail or both
- Over speeding: When you over speed, you risk a fine of Kshs 10,000 or 3 months imprisonment or both
- Careless Driving: Penalty of Ksh 500,000 or 10 years imprisonment or both
- Careless driving causing death: Life Imprisonment. This is being treated like murder.
- Driving under influence of alcohol: A fine of Ksh 500, 000 or ten years in jail or both.
- PSV Operators: Should adhere to the uniforms and badges rules
- Motor Cycle operators:One passenger only and the passenger and rider must be in reflective vests and helmets- otherwise you risk a fine of Kshs 10,000 and in default 12 months imprisonment
- Pedestrians will pay a fine of up to sh10,000 if they cross the road while the traffic lights are red
- Talking on phone while crossing the road will now attract a fine of sh5,000/
Other changes are:
- Road blocks are to be gazetted prior to being mounted by the police.
- Driving licenses of speed limit violators shall be suspended for not less than 3 years if the person has exceeded speed limit by more than 10 kph and if offence is repeated 3 or more times.
- Mandatory eye test every 3 years for licensed drivers. And if you fail the test then license is withdrawn
- All law enforcement officers (regular police and APs) are now effectively mandated to deal with traffic issues with the abolition of the Traffic Department under the Kenya Police Service Act.