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Update on matters affecting you as a motorist.

In the recent past, you who drive may have been wondering where the many changing policies in transport are taking us with burning questions on matters which affects our daily motoring lives. Fuel prices have risen to hit Sh112.20 super petrol, diesel at Sh103.25 per litre as July August 2018 review. ERC says you have been using adulterated fuel even from respected outlets. In their crackdown on adulteration of fuel they ‘discovered’ so many dingy yards where the vice takes place. The bad fuel for a long time has damaged our vehicles and the environment. We hoped the discovery of oil would make the commodity affordable. Curiously during the general election campaign, the pump prices were stable but rose steadily thereafter. Economists believe prices above Ksh 100 per litre are bad for motorists and economy in general.

Roads

Salgaa Black Spot is now under construction. MAK lobbied hard for the redesigning of the section of road which has claimed so many lives. Indeed most of the fatalities in the country are due to poor road design. Black spots are bad roads sections. The issue of easily breaking guardrails calls for a change of design of these metallic rails which instead of guarding lives they ironically cause deaths. County Government officials have been among victims of the rails going through vehicles after breaking at the weak bolt joints. Motorists should demand from their area elected leaders for better roads. Graders and sealing of potholes should be ongoing works unlike is the case now, where the machines are seen only in the election year. Outering road was built badly in terms of pedestrian crossing, bus bay and Non-Motorised Traffic is concerned. Allsop's bottleneck is another section that needs redesigning.

Road Accidents

Schools buses road crashes have left parents worrying of what is going on. The buses which recently were painted yellow are easy to detect competing in careless driving with wayward PSVs. Standards for carrying school children in the civilized world are so high that injuries leave alone deaths are rare. Painting buses yellow alone does not make them meet these standards. Bus design in Kenya is a big lie since they are built on lorry chassis compromising the centre of gravity and their weak bodies rip apart even during slight impacts. School bus drivers need special training which is not the case in the country. Killing innocent children by uncaring adults bestowed with care responsibility is inadmissible.

New Driving Licence

At last the red booklet has been replaced by digital licence sold by NTSA at Ksh 3050. The new look licence is available for drivers wishing to renew their licenses and those seeking duplicates after loss or defacing. The smart cards will store data for traffic offence profiles, which will be used to pay government bills after preloading connected to E-Citizen. After a repeat traffic offender reaches a certain amount of demerit points the licenses could be suspended for varying time depending on the severity of the offences according to NTSA notices. Also, insurance companies could be interested in the repeated offenders.

City Driving Indiscipline has extended traffic gridlocks to country roads.

Driving to the countryside during holidays and busy weekends is no longer the yearned for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city where overlapping and driving towards oncoming traffic does not startle the traffic policeman. The countryside driving has slowly turned into a nightmare. Motorists are spending nights in traffic gridlocks along notorious Mai Mahiu section, Kinale along Naivasha Nairobi Road, Kambiti along Kenol Nyeri highway, and Mombasa Road at Konza among other spots. The situation is caused by impatient drivers who drive towards oncoming traffic to jump slow snarl up traffic. Doing so from both sides stops any movement. The government ministry of transport and infrastructure is equally to blame for failing to upgrade these important highways to dual standards. Vehicles number has increased exponentially but the authorities cannot claim not to have seen it coming since they collect import duties from all the new units. It is the failure to plan ahead.

Mombasa Nairobi Expressway

A US-based company Bechtel has been contracted by Kenya National Highway Authority KENHA to do a dual carriage Toll Road from Mombasa to Nairobi. The 473 Kilometre road will be built away from the existing highway giving motorists a choice on which road to use. The road will be restricted expressway, the first of its kind in Kenya.

Motorist Association of Kenya Activities

MAK windscreen member identification stickers have continued to help us from undue harassment from wayward enforcers as those who have them are more enlightened on their driver rights. The badge identifies with strict traffic directions and regulations under most of which are directed by an interagency of state and non-state players under NCAJ. The office urges those with stickers yet to be operationalized, to do so to continue enjoying the membership status. Among the benefits of an activated sticker are - legal advice & representation, good corporate image, regular newsletter updates on safe motoring tips, free listing guide among others.

The office would like to bring attention to those with MAK un-operationalized stickers to activate them. Old stickers are replaced upon request.

To get new stickers you just need to register with an amount of your choice in the margin of Ksh 200 300 500 and 1000, the ordinary subscription notwithstanding. You can also get your sticker by participating in any of MAK activities, sponsoring or when you buy MAK products i.e. Motorists’ Guide (Know Your Driver Rights & Responsibilities), car litter bin or other listed products. This category is issued with the representation sticker B.

The usual registration is ongoing. To facilitate the activity you need to fill the attached form and pay through Till no.992288. Upon regularization, to membership status, a member receives a representation sticker, member card, legal representation card, a free Listing Guide, Newsletter updates et al

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11.4.2018
THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT IS NOT SERIOUS ON BUS RAPID TRANSIT STANDARDS.

The government rush to introduce a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is understandable considering her failure to implement the 2010 constitutional demands of decent public transport. 

The inevitable introduction of National Youth Service commuter buses to salvage the present failed system is commendable. Over the years public transport has failed to self-regulate in delivering a decent transport system hence losing the moral ground to criticize new solution seeking by the government intended to stop the confusion. The state has an obligation to address commuter plight. Any responsible government would not abandoning her citizens to suffer. After subjecting commuters to indignity, the proponents of the rundown system should not again pretend to be saviours of the masses. Their intensions are to hijack the reforms and kill the baby before delivery. Deep-seated vested interests has been the bane that keep the public transport upgrade impossible. Kenya is not an exception by reintroducing a state-run bus system. World over, all well-run systems are under the state even Kenya had one. Public transport is so important at par with essential services like public education, health and security to be left on profiteering private ‘investors’ only.

A BRT standard is not a lane marked on the fast lane of a high-speed expressway. It demands first an infrastructure for High Occupancy Vehicles (not matatus) to use dedicated high standard lane built separately away from existing lanes. A fully automated platform for pick and drop points with swipe and board system. The lane is made by using a high raised kerb service lane(s) to prevent abuse by non-BRT vehicles. An ordinary 33 seater or 51 cannot qualify to be absorbed in a BRT system.  Nairobi and other big cities need a bus service akin and improvement of the defunct Kenya Bus Service and Nyayo Bus Service systems not in management only but the specifications which includes commuter capacity able to ferry more than 100 persons at a time, durability, comfort, safety, state ownership, decent seats, world-class customer care service, Pollution prevention, well-ventilated, interior electronic fare paying card et al

The fact the upgrade is long overdue is not reason enough to do it haphazardly. Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ruanda South Africa and many other African cities BRT Systems are already in place in good standards. The beneficiaries of the chaotic systems running amok, must be checked since they are responsible for the sabotage of well past organised formal buses- KBS, Metro buses introduced by Njeru Githae the then minister for Nairobi Metropolitan and NYS Buses. Bad policy on 14 seater has seen dilapidated still roaming the road show how ad policy formulation fail.

Hiving off a lane out of the existing roads is unacceptable. NAMATA should stop being lazy and build a new lane on the central median since there is enough space for that. Other cities hive BRT on median strip and side roads space. There are no two ways about it. BRT must be done right. Transport by other stakeholders should be interfered with unfairly. Unless it’s a wholly State Run System, private motorists, truckers, taxi, tourist vehicle owners, fleet owners and others cannot not allow one subsector to use exclusive lanes. The cartels demanding their way or the highway must not this time have their way at the expense of the masses. The government has overlooked the rundown of transport for too long. The unholy alliance revolves around the top public officials, string-pulling multinationals suppliers and the subsector cartels.

The claim that jobs will be lost is not true or reason enough to continue he informality. The present system will remain intact away from BRT which will serve only some section of Transport. A decent BRT will not eat into existing PSV businesses since many on private means and other who walk due to unfair fares will increase commuter base enhancing movement, numbers and improved GDP. To lure private car owners public transport systems must not only meet the best acceptable standards but introduce time scheduled services to cover current unserved routes. The present matatu picks commuters at main terminals in town or far away pick points badly inconveniencing those that need the services in between the terminals. You can’t cajole private car owner to leave the car home while there is no public service within their exclusive estates. Include too streets that can’t be served by the present disorderly system. If the government can assure me of a clean, world-class, music-less, well ventilated, metro bus cruising outside at my estate or near the office on scheduled timetable, then I will leave my car home. How do you expect me to walk from Muthurwa, Ngara, Railways to my workplace at View Park Towers? Organize the network and proper mapping of routes schedules and I 'll only use my car to run errands, weekend follies, drive to church and Mosque, and for my runabouts away from CBD. A bus moving around and picking commuters at designated bus stops with neon notices on the timings will grow the economy which depends on movements.

The policymakers must not be allowed to circumvent the set world standard of BRT system by corruptly and lazily introducing an inferior system to benefit the well-connected cartels. No to sabotage and hijack of every move to have a state-controlled bus system. The government should stop being lazy and do the right BRT.

 

 Motorist Association of Kenya

 

MOTORCYCLISTS AND HAWKERS HAVE TAKEN OVER FOOTBRIDGES FROM PEDESTRIANS.
Pedestrians are left with narrow walking space. Woe unto you if you step on the merchandise. You pay ten times more. Jobs are scarce but footbridges are not the only alternatives. Boda-boda doesn't want to burn fuel going round roundabouts.

 

RE: KENHA AND NAMATA ARE UTTERLY WRONG ON MEANING OF A BRT

As an association of motorists, we were dismayed yesterday when the above named two agencies marked the fast lane on Thika Superhighway as a BRT Lane. This by any means is not a BRT in the sense that world Bus Rapid Transit is build up on the left side to enable pick and drop off commuters. An express lane serving Githurai and Roysambu only cannot serve commuters during off-peak and indeed peak times. It is a folly to interfere with the design of an expressway in the manner the two government agencies are doing. 

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NTSA CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH ROAD SAFETY POLICY AGAIN ANYMORE
Failed duty.
Removing NTSA marshals from road enforcement is halfway towards winning the battle to stop the state agency inefficiency which results in the runaway road carnage. Failure to competently execute the cardinal mandate of road safety bestowed upon them overtime is unforgivable since the ineptitude results in record maiming and loss of lives. The inexperienced experimental performance where chasing a vehicle dangerously downhill resulting in painful deaths of 32 on the spot is the hallmark of egocentric abuse of state power. Likewise erecting unsigned unmarked harsh road bump such as the infamous Karai Naivasha just to please some political protesters is ironical since it serves the opposite purpose of road safety meaning. The mistake caused fatalities in the pileup where 40 deaths happened mainly because they could not listen to the warning of an impending danger. The multiple crashes still fresh in our minds could have been prevented if the agency was not aloof and knew road safety.
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Our Contacts

Motorists Association of Kenya

P.O BOX 8120-00200

Tel: 0723 779950

Email: info@motoristassociationofkenya.com

Web: www.motoristassociationofkenya.com

 

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