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MAK Reaction to CS/Governor Traffic Jam Solutions

Factors that contribute to the crisis are especially poor road design, shortcoming of Para Public Transport Service, miserably failed 430Million County Traffic Lights system, poor parking management, licensing of CBD routes, taxi ranks, private car management, management of human traffic and lack of implementation of finding made every quite often when County & Ministry officials visit Europe countries to learn how its done. It is distressing that the above factors were absent in the duo promise list.  Top of list of MAK wish list as far as short term and long term measures are concerned are that:

$11.       According to Nitin of MAK we simply have too many and unnecessary matatus on the road. The solution to managing this problem is to have a timing system like they have in Europe for trains and buses, and PROPER DESIGNATED ROUTES AND BUS STOPS. If the matatu industry had a proper timetabled system, then I think one, we would not need excess vehicles on the road.For example, Westlands to town, they start at 5.30am, and have 1 every 10 mins running, and then when the traffic hour starts at 6.30, have one every 5mins or so (thorough calculations and research to be carried out) then the cycle carries on, and the ones gone into town are returning to Westlands are repeating the cycle again. Once the peak hours are over, then the numbers of matatus are off the road, and thus having less matatus on the road. This should remove the extra and unnecessary matatus on the road. Currently you can find one matatu full and another 3 empty on the same route. This system I think can restore sanity, as the drivers will be forced to stick to route and timings.

$12.       Removal of roundabouts in short term is good but long term we would prefer elevated roads above the lower Uhuru Highway one. This would be served by clover interchanging junctions where vehicles never meet. To avoid the pitfall of Thika ‘Superhighway and Mombasa road Outering construction should feature Pedestrian tunnels and designated enough footbridges.

$13.       In opening of missing links we applaud the previous administration for opening many links around Nairobi City. The same helped ease traffic unlike now when no new roads are coming up despite increased revenue collection.  The difference between the present Infrastructure Ministry and previous one is the latter preferred taking action while the former prefer making promises and more promises.

$14.       In the long term pledge both National and Nairobi government owe the long suffering motorists an explanation. Where is the will to fulfill campaign promise of BRT System in 2 year in power? The revolutionary system has not started unlike South Africa & Ethiopia. Vested parochial cartel self interests in the present free for all Para transit matatu system should not be allowed to derail the Bus Rapid Transit good for the common good.

$15.       As far as bad driving habits and manners the government should seal loopholes which make it easier for untrained and semi trained to get driving licenses. State officers’ official and roadside corruption in cahoots with those who pay protection underhand fees make law breaking go unpunished.

$16.    This explains the flight of investors relocating to other countries, while tourists shy to visit as it takes 45 minutes by air from Mombasa and 2 hours from JKIA to CBD. Commuters and private motorists in most routes except Thika Motorway use two hours to get to town and two more hours to get out in the evening making it 4 man hours lost. 

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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