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In the first place, public offices of safety nature should not have been occupied by unqualified staff in executing the so important road safety decisions. The result has been heartbreaking not only to the bereaved but a big embarrassment to the state too. Road safety policy is a matter of life and death to be gambled with. Experiments by some greenhorn politically correct staff seating in a boardroom without experience and expertise are one sick joke. A panel of road safety nature should comprise well known serious long-serving fleet managers, key road transport sector players among enforcement and transport state agencies. Trucking companies, bus owners, matatu owners, private vehicle owners, boda-boda, pedestrian safety advocates, roads departments, police, driving schools, residents associations and insurance companies should be the board.
Duplicity and backstabbing.
All NTSA policies have failed because of egoistic unilateral decisions. The agency does not do above board public participation as required. The arbitral manner of has seen the agency step on toes of state and non-state players which does not augur well-joined efforts to ensure effective enforcement. The overlapping roles are responsible for the confusion that saw the breakdown of law and order where police refused to work and ntsa did not have the capacity resulting in lack of enforcement with detrimental consequences. The behind scenes rivalry between the two government must stop for effective performance. Government Road safety cannot be shared lest we continue with the same confusion.
 
Powerful Traffic Police Commandant
Road safety can only be safe under a hard to bribe traffic police commandant akin to a one time Samuel Kimaru who was removed by insistent cartel networks. Trusting traffic enforcement to OCPDs has failed badly since it becomes too easy for the cartels to buy protection. The department at Ruaraka traffic police headquarters has up to date special trained officers very conversant and capable to take charge of daily implementation of the policies of a board under a traffic commandant. Police mandate to attend to accident scenes, work to ensure traffic flow, makes them familiar with road safety matters and enforcement that anybody. All that is needed is Inspector General to reorganize the department by deploying untainted officer after a thorough vetting. A civilian body was bound to mess since it did not have human and expertise capacity to enforce and train road safety countrywide.
Sham Inspection of motor vehicles.
It is common knowledge that un-roadworthy vehicles contribute a huge percentage of road carnage, yet the transport agency which in charge of inspection of vehicles have failed to ensure roadworthy vehicles. Many if not all vehicles get inspection stickers fraudulently with only a few getting to the archaic centres. The random roadside inspection done during Michuki times are no longer there. Issuing stickers to vehicles with loud exhaust and other weird features is a failed policy. Such features make crews disobey traffic rules with impunity.
Skewed enforcement
The agency obsession with only one type of road users in the private cars exceeding speed limits with negligible 5Kph or 8kph and selective alco-blow roads blocks in upmarket estates to catch professionals coming from evening cocktail parties has not been so endearing to civilized urbanites.
Speed governor scam
Vehicles supposed to be driven at 80Kph mock private cars doing 100Kph at highways by clocking 120Kph even short stretches in Nairobi to Githurai. The deceit climax when at the next speed check you find only private cars owners being charged with exceeding innocuous 5 to 10Kph. There is a popular claim that the immunity is drawn from protection money paid upfront to defeat justice by the well connected. Saccos are not self-regulating their members instead are using the platforms to facilitate the collective collection of protection fees. Speed governors providers are registered with NTSA with strict conditions to be tamper proof. But 90% of the commercial have nonfunctional speed governors. All these are the poor policy by this government body away from the roads. This makes the roadside enforcer powerless since orders from above demand release of drivers breaking law. The authority cannot have a change of heart overnight to change the bad ways.
Looking for Scapegoats
The tendency of blaming drivers while intentionally sweeping under the carpet agency contributory negligence and failure.
The agency has failed to liaise with road agencies to make safe urban, major roads and highways which is part of road safety. There are killer road sections like the Salgaa blackspot which have killed thousands that ought to have been long replaced with dual roads but over the years that was not prioritized by the agency.
NTSA has been accused severally of demanding higher bribes than traffic police in the speed trap and other roadblocks. We can’t be sure the same personnel aren’t perpetuating the shameful vice in public offices and inspection centres.
Bad Drivers
Driving licensing graft has been so deep-rooted and responsible for half-baked drivers causing all the deadly disorder? It is a pity that the transport authority has accepted the vice. The new driving curriculum formulation without the proper public participation and has been challenged by driving schools association.
By failing in the T and S, transport and safety, the body is left with N A for National and Authority which means the plot is lost. KRA should guide the Road Transport incorporating NA functions of licensing.
 
 

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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