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Tuesday May 12, 2015

 

As a motorists body, we are utterly disappointed by fuel marketers for hoarding fuel in anticipation of higher prices. We are actually puzzled by the callous act.

The multinationals seem to be creeping back to yester year’s malevolence of taking vehicle owners for granted. The widespread systematic failure to supply fuel to the needy motorists has not only badly inconvenienced drivers but has exposed them to mugging along the roadside at night after their vehicles stall.  Our patrol team confirmed the far-reaching problem where no fuel was found at Shell Roysambu and Shell Thome which is close to our offices. Our team also found Kobil Flyover near Kinungi and uplands Kobil petrol stations to be out of stock of the essential commodity last night.

We commend Total petrol stations, Gulf Oil and Astrol petrol stations for rescuing motorists from the distressful circumstances by providing adequate supply. We are also happy with the independent fuel stations for supplying motorists with fuel. As a reward, we therefore take this opportunity to advise motorists to support by buying fuel only from those who have not withheld fuel and punish the hoarders by boycotting their products. Motor vehicle owners should not be duped by public relation promotions by same brands.

Energy Regulatory Commission should take action against the petrol stations and ensure that National Oil Corporation of Kenya assumes its role of regulating the market.

Signed

Motorists Association of Kenya

Peter Murima - 0722712858

Chairman

 
                                                                 
 

MOTORISTS ASSOCIATION OF KENYA SUPPORTS NIGHT BAN – MAK NON-PARTISAN OPINION

 

 

THE STRICT REQUIREMENTS TO NIGHT BUS OPERATIONS BY THE GOVERNMENT ARE APPROPRIATE; JUSTIFIED BY THE PREVAILING BUSES FATALITIES. MOTORISTS ASSOCIATION WISHES TO BE CATEGORICAL BY STANDING BY OUR EARLIER POSITION THAT HUMAN LIFE IS SO PRECIOUS TO BE LEFT AT THE MERCY OF SOME SLAPDASH BUS DRIVER. THE RATE AT WHICH DEATHS ARE HAPPENING INSIDE LONG DISTANCE BUSES AT NIGHT IS NOT ONLY WORRYING BUT UNACCEPTABLY HIGH. FAILURE TO SELF REGULATE BY BUS COMPANIES TRAVELLING AT NIGHT HAVE WRECKED HAVOC GIVING THE GOVERNMENT EVERY REASON TO INTERVENE. THE HIGHWAY AUTHORITY COULD NOT AFFORD TO JUST WATCH WITHOUT TAKING ANY DETERRENT ACTION. NIGHT TIME ACCIDENTS RAISE SERIOUS QUERIES. OF ALL THE NIGHT FATAL BUS CRASHES HUMAN ERROR HAS BEEN THE MAIN CONTRIBUTING FACTOR ATTRIBUTED TO DEFECTS OF EYE SIGHT NIGHT BLINDNESS, WRONG ESTIMATION DUE TO DARKNESS AND FATIGUE. HIGHER SPEEDS TO MAKE RETURN TRIPS ARE OBVIOUS CAUSES FOR ORDINARILY PREVENTABLE COLLISIONS. TO NOTE BUT A FEW CASES OF LONG DISTANCE BUS CRASHES IN SPAN OF 2 MONTHS OF 2013 ONLY (24 DECEMBER OVER 18 PEOPLE KILLED 60 SERIOUSLY INJURED, 22 DECEMBER MAKINDU BUS FATAL BUS CRASH, 18 DECEMBER MAARA BRIDGE SCORES DEAD, 18 TH DECEMBER 6 PEOPLE KILLED BY A BUS KISUMU – OYUGIS, A DAY EARLIER MARIAKANI BUS HEAD WITH A TRUCK 10 PEOPLE PCEA DEAD, DECEMBER 8TH EMALI HEAD ON COLLISION INVOLVING A BUS, 23RD NOVEMBER, BUS, MATATU AND TRUCK AT SULTAN HAMUD 13 DEAD TENS MAIMED FOR LIFE,17TH NOVEMBER, MATATU AND LORRY AT CAI RESORT KILL INNOCENT PASSENGERS, 19 NOVEMBER BUS CRASHES INTO PEDESTRIANS IN NAIROBI, 13TH NOVEMBER MATATU IN MURANGA, 11TH NOVEMBER, EASY COACH AND TRUCK IN SALGAA BLACK SPOT SEVERAL KILLED, 6 NOVEMBER NYAMIRA BUS HEAD-ON COLLISION KILLING AND MAIMING MANY INNOCENT KENYANS, 03 NOVEMBER KISII CLASSIC KIPANDE ROAD IN NAIROBI DUE TO DRIVER FATIGUE, 7 NOVEMBERTARU MARIAKANI SEVERAL CASUALTIES, NOT TO MENTION KIAMBAA 25 OCTOBER, 24 OCTOBERTRANSLINE BUS 9 KILLED SEVERAL MAIMED NOT TO FORGET MANY OTHER WHICH ESPECIALLY THE NTULELE WHERE 40 INNOCENT LIFE WERE LOST AND TENS CONFINED TO WHEELCHAIRS AND CLUTCHES)

 

   IT IS CARDINAL REQUIREMENT THEREFORE, FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS’ LIFE AT WHATEVER COST EVEN WHEN IT MEANS LOSS OF SOME BUSINESS. HUMAN LIFE CANNOT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR MONETARY ADVANTAGE OR FESTIVITY VERY GOOD PROFITS. IT IS THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY AND DISHONESTY FOR SOME LEADERS WITHIN THE PSV SECTOR TO COMPLAIN THAT PASSENGERS WILL BE LATE WHILE THEY ENCOURAGE OVERCHARGING THE SAME PASSENGERS THEY PURPORT TO CARE FOR. THE CRY IS NOT SINCERE SINCE THEY BASE THEIR ARGUMENT TO HOW MUCH THEY WILL LOSE OR WOULD HAVE MADE AT THE EXPENSE OF LOST LIVES. FIRST THEY SHOULD ACCOUNT FOR THE LOST LIVES, ORPHANS WHOSE BREAD WINNERS HAVE PERISHED, WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS BEFORE DEMANDING FOR HURRYING DOCILE PASSENGERS TO GET BACK TO WORK OR HOLIDAYS WHICH ARE NOT GUARANTEED. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. SOMEONE SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR RUNNING DOWN THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR TOO LONG. WE NEED FRESH IDEAS AND FRESH PERSONS TO LEAD THE RUNDOWN SECTOR. THE AGED SHOULD PAVE WAY FOR NEW GENERATION TO TAKE OVER AS THEY HAVE FAILED THE MULTI-BILLION SECTOR. SOME OF THOSE ARE TO BLAME FOR HAVING PRESIDED OVER THE ROT THAT IS ROAD ACCIDENTS AND STALLING REFORMS FOR SO LONG. WHAT DO THEY WANT DO THAT THEY HAVE NOT DONE IN TWO DECADES?

 

WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN WE BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR DOING NOTHING AND WHEN THE GOVERNMENT ACTS WE AGAIN BLAME IT FOR ACTING.

 

THREATENING PASSENGERS WITH HEFTY BUS FARES IS NOT SOLUTION EITHER.

 

BUSES UNLIKE TRUCKS FERRY MANY HUMAN LIVES THUS THE SELECTIVE BANNING OF NIGHT TRAVEL. A TRUCK HAS A DRIVER AND A LOADER.

 

BESIDES WANTING DESIGN OF ROADS DRIVERS MUST MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS.

 

Signed

Peter Murima -MAK -Chairman
 
        11/12/13
PASSENGERS STRANDED FOR HOURS AS POLICE MOUNT ROAD BLOCK 
  thousands of passengers were today stranded when traffic police, judiciary & prison mounted roadside court along thika superhighway at roysambu - kasarani. many matatus which ply the route were hidden to evade arrest. the few crews who were operating were charging kes 200 to & from town. mothers and children could be seen desperately walking in the rain. questions abound here at our office whether the operations are prudent at this time when many children are visiting their relatives. the argument is same vehicles will appear from their hideouts to continue with business which they do round the year. mak view: the timing of the operations is
ill-timed.
 
 
 
 
 

rELEASE ON RE-TESTING OF DRIVERS PROFICIENCY.

Driving license are government documents issued after certified driving test. The document is a legal document which shows ones proficiency to handle a motor vehicle. The process to obtain the document is after a learning process from registered driving schools. Besides driver error Road crashes are caused by multiple factors mainly road designs, & vehicle conditions.

According to available statistics buses and matatu are the most involved in road carnage. It would not be fair to subject careful private car owners to re-testing because PSV are causing mayhem.

However the idea of electronic smart licenses is long overdue and MAK supports the idea. The new license once introduced can curb careless driving since motorists will be held individually responsible.

 

 IT WILL BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO INCREASE FUEL LEVY

PLANS BY KENYA ROAD BOARD TO INCREASE FUEL TO 18 SHILLINGS PER LITRE.

 

There is no question road maintenance is very important. However, it should be done in a shrewd manner in a bid not to destabilize the fragile Kenyan economy. The increase of fuel levy proposed by Kenya Roads Board will be counterproductive because it will skyrocket prices in vital sectors which in turn will create a sluggish economy. Instead of draconically raising the levy to 18 shillings per litre; A margin that will not hurt the economy should be used with a careful systematic process. Further, when it comes to any increase, there is a need to steadily raise the price of the fuel in a practical manner. As an association we cannot oppose a rational rise. An initial 2 shillings can collect the said billions considering hundreds thousands of litres consumed. We know the government rakes enough revenue from increased fuel usage (greater than before vehicle ownership) through economies of scale which has more than doubled the intake since 2006. Vehicle owners and extension nation must not; consequently be burdened with this extra cost. The government should be prudent when it comes to the spending of the road money, fiscal discipline should be instilled as it has been done in Singapore. There are too many road agencies which in turn consume a lot of money annually through salaries and unnecessary noncore ventures. It is this money pilfering that should be choked-up and savings channeled to the maintenance of the roads

  

 

PRESS RELEASE ON NAROK BUS ACCIDENT 29th August 2013

 

Our office has received the shocking August 29, 2013 morning fatal accident news with utter distress and heartbreak disbelief. 41 tragic deaths of passengers is horrible. We take this early opportunity to condole with members of the bereaved families and play to God that he grants them fortitude during this sad moment of their lives.

 

We condemn with strongest terms the reason behind the accident which is obviously excessive speed and demand that speed governors be made mandatory in all buses Michuki style. Motorists Association of Kenya condemns reckless drivers, Kenya Police and National Transport and Safety Authority NTSA for failing to check excess speeds.

 

To show seriousness of human life we call for a one month ban of passenger bus travelling at night just like in Tanzania until stringent vetting of drivers competence and fool proof governors are installed. NTSA officials should move out of the comfort of their luxurious offices and ride in buses incognito to arrest bus crew who manipulate speed governors. Those caught should have licenses suspended for 1 year.

 

It is the position of Motorists Association that the approach to road safety is always wrong. As an association we have strong reservations on the current checking of vehicle defects only at open-air traffic roadside courtsleaving out other contributory factors. It is off-beat.

 

Signed

 

Peter Murima – Chairperson

 

 

Hefty fines promoting corruption

A motorist is charged 10,000 instant fine failure to which, he is imprisoned into a waiting prison vehicle. This is demeaning to a motorist as a citizen of this nation. Traffic offences are not criminal. It is quite wrong to assume that a driver has that amount in disposable cash there and then to pay off the fine. This only leaves the avenue of locking up the individual who was in the process of attending other duties. Motorist Association of Kenya proposes that we be treated with respect by being booked and given a date to appear in court as traffic offences are not criminal and if evidence as provided in the traffic laws is available.

It is very important that every motorist understand Traffic laws and rights to avoid being treated unfairly by officers. Motorists ought to stand firm and reject being victims of harassment not only through unfair laws but traffic officers as well. 

 

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Tel: 0723 779950

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