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TRANSPORT MESS: WHO WHY WHAT HOW & WHEN
THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE & NTSA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUST RESIGN FORTHWITH

WHO

The Minister for Transport & Infrastructure carries the greatest responsibility for the spiralling road crash deaths and untold heartache to thousands of grieving families.  National Transport and Safety Authority NTSA Director General for failed system policy, Inspector General of Police and spoilt Drivers through the systemic failure.  It is unacceptable this insolence has extinguished many innocent lives and rendered thousands maimed for life.


WHY

The Minister and NTSA lethargy, negligence, complicity, unethical official graft in high offices and sly PR. Lack of action to lawlessness on a section of preferred drivers, in particular, PSV and Bodaboda. Nonfunctional Speed governors, lack of enforcing public vehicle seat belts, dangerous driving by overlapping, driving on the wrong side and towards oncoming vehicles,  loud exhausts, indecency, bullying loud horns, blinding lights, standing passengers, unroadworthy vehicles and general lawlessness. 

WHAT

For failed mandate of NTSA to ensure safety on the roads. The duplicity of roles with Police making it easy to shift blame.

HOW

Cartels, enforcement officials running PSV business, Saccos paying protection fees to break the law, profiteering multinational corporates relying on the chaos to make a kill, poor roads thanks to bad design and incompetent bogus road safety agents after profit making.

WHEN
When did the rain start beating us? This was when NTSA disregarded Michuki rules at the altar of well-connected cartels. Formation of Saccos made matters worse since now they now pay protection regularly for their members to break law unlike in the past when individuals were held to account

 

KENYA GOVERNMENT IS LARGELY TO BLAME FOR THE ROAD CARNAGE

The government through her agencies NTSA and KENHA are mainly responsible for the road carnage in the country. This problem has been occasioned through years of negligence, wrong priorities, high state officers’ corruption, supporting lawlessness to some preferred transport subsectors and poor road design. As much as drivers have a role in the deadly road crashes, the situation would not have been dire if the state officials took their work seriously. Therefore, the careless lie that motorists are to blame alone does not hold water. Furthermore, the culture of lawless drivers has been caused by NTSA failure to stop the vice by not only licensing bad drivers but targeting only one section of road users in their lopsided enforcement. The agency most of the time is silent ignoring one subsector to be free to break the traffic code with unprecedented impunity. The other malady is the failure to license motorcycles riders. Since the agency took over road safety there has been a worrying disorder via untouchable drivers, loud whistling exhausts, loud horns, overlapping, driving towards oncoming traffic, carrying of standing passengers, rendering all fool proved Michuki Safety Rule's useless. The same required the public service vehicles and others users to strictly adhere to a set of conduct. The resultant negligence is the cause of the continuous astonishing road fatalities inflicting untold heartache on thousands of families who continue to lose their loved ones.

Greatest Culpability

The fish rots from the head. The buck stops with Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Director General of NTSA Francis Meja and PS infrastructure John Mosonick. Their belated tough talking and promising action are a little bit too late since the lives are already lost due to negligence and closing the paddock while the horse has bolted is unforgivable. They are not fit to continue in the dockets with all that blood in their hands. It would be a great travesty and be underrating to Kenyan taxpayers intelligence.

Bad roads

Poor road design is a major cause of the problem. The untimely death of RIP Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua most recent deaths of 200 innocent lives within 30 days is because of bad road design. The guardrail sapped serving the opposite purpose of safety. Drivers however poor in driving cannot cause crashes all the time only on one section of a road. Truck drivers coming from as far as Kampala and Mombasa cannot get mad only at Salgaa, Sagana, Mlima Q, Karai Kinungi or other bad roads. The signposted black spots are not, but bad designs.

It is ironical that the body mandated with road safety is actually achieving the opposite. (Road crash Deaths).The transport agency caused Karai 40 deaths by erecting unsigned and unmarked crude bump on a downhill just to save some jaywalkers encroaching on the road reserve for politics The offending bump still continue to wreak havoc going by the tarmac scratch marks and account of the area residents.

Solution

Disband NTSA and form a body comprising members from transport stakeholders known for vast knowledge of road safety.

Involve police who are well versed in road safety matters by virtue of attending to accident scenes.

Redesign all black spots and narrow road sections converting all highways to divided duo road with a concrete median strip where applicable.

Ensure only competent drivers are licensed to drive

Enforce traffic law without fear or favour.

Interdict all bribe taking NTSA and Police and replace with trained fresh officers

Change the transport

Remove the overlapping roles of two agencies purporting to enforce traffic law together, the cause of all the confusion. If traffic police are inefficient do away with the whole department but we cannot have ununiformed uninformed NTSA road marshals. One is usurping the role of the other.

Ban imposters masquerading as road safety experts for purposes of money minting at the expense of genuine road safety programs.

Last and not least, educate school children on good road safety ethics at an early age. If we educate about AIDS why not do the same fear the number one killer of young lives.

 

Nairobi Transport Challenge and the New Gazette Notice no. 4479 of 12th May 2017

Nairobi
18.9.2017

 

To say that the transport sector in Nairobi is a mess can only be described as an understatement. This is a great shame since Nairobi is not only the capital city of Kenya but also an important international hub. As an organization we are for drastic changes being effected by Nairobi Governor and Ministry of Transport’s NAMATA, to ensure that the city under the sun regains its former glory and competes vibrantly with other major cities around the world.

On the road network, public transport has undoubtedly been the most chaotic. This is the way the sub-sector has been operating: -haphazard picking of commuters, dangerous driving practices, among other faults.
Moi Avenue, Tom Mboya, Race Course, Haile Selassie, Kenyatta Avenue among other major streets had been turned into one big bus station. Long lines of bumper to bumper matatus waiting to pick passengers for hours on end in front of shops has been the ­­most unprofessional way of picking commuters anywhere in the world. Sound pollution including but not limited to loud exhausts, blaring horns, touts shouting to compete for the few commuters (against so many vehicles) mugging/pickpocketing, gave the subsector a bad image. More can be done to end this common practice that has grown to unhealthy proportions. The Saccos, companies and operators in the sectors have deliberately failed to take the opportunity given by the government for too long to self-regulate. This failure is what has invited the government to intervene under the said Gazette Notice no. 4479 of 12th May 2017.

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Quick Vehicle Repossession by Banks Uncalled for
The new aggressiveness by Banks to repossess vehicles from owners who are experiencing current economic crunch is callous and insensitive. The Bankers Association of Kenya should give defaulters flexible terms to repay loans since the hard economic times is beyond our control.  The bank ought to be patient and stop punishing vehicle owners since the hard economic times are temporary. Many contracts are yet to be serviced by government, county governments and private developers due to the political transition. The banks should understand this.  
Current Central Bank rating of 10.7 per cent late payments is not enough to cause the alarm from

Sale of the motor vehicles, makes owners lose deposits and earlier instalment made which is unfair and as an organization we ask the government to intervene. The loophole by Banks having the right to sell vehicles must not be misused to rob owners of their hard earned investments.

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THE FEUDS INVOLVING INSURERS, BROKERS AND ACCIDENT REPAIRERS PREJUDICIAL TO MOTORISTS. 

We have been following with keen interest the unhealthy misunderstanding in the motor insurance industry over repair of accident vehicles and spare parts.  The quarrels are affecting service delivery in terms of the time these vehicles are repaired and the way the repairs are done. At MAK we are worried that the feuds are bad for vehicle owners as it does not only compromise road safety but also gives those who drive a raw deal.    

Motorists pay a fortune to the insurance companies expecting in exchange; prompt claim payments and high-quality repairs within garages in insurance company panels.

It is so dangerous when garages, as reported in the media, (Daily Nation Tuesday June 13) say that they cannot guarantee safety for accident vehicles they repair on basis of third party spare part supply. Garages are supposed to issue warranties for their repair jobs! The best practice which has been the case is where garages source for spares for their work so that they can be held responsible for failed parts. This won’t be the case where they cannot guarantee the type of supplied parts by the said parties.


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