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16.6.2019

A BIG NOT TO NTSA PLAN TO SUBJECT PRIVATE MOTORISTS TO PREJUDICED VEHICLE INSPECTION
As a member association, MAK wishes to issue this statement on the remarkable stand taken by the membership in their strong opposition to the planned NTSA inspection of private vehicles.
This a small sample of the reasons given by motorists for rejection in rough form.
Many say there is no justification since the move is informed by revenue collection rather than safety. There is no supporting facts or statistics to show that private vehicle accident is in any way related to the very few incidents of accidents related to mechanical disrepair.
The present inspection is riddled in corruption where commercial vehicles get stickers without having met the specifics of a roadworthy vehicle. We would not want to roll out this graft to private vehicles.
This future inspection centres are already too happy in support of the arrangement and indeed welcomed the move which would translate to a huge generation of revenues at the expense of the owners of the private cars. Where such inspections are done road is in excellent condition and they don’t have many taxes as it is the case in Kenya. NTSA wants to introduce this by mere excuses that the same happens in the UK. They cannot be allowed to compare Kenya with such a country where roads are in very good condition. The government must shelf the idea until when they will be able to maintain roads in fair conditions and eradicate corruption. It’s ironic to check vehicle worthiness while the roads themselves are not vehicle worthy.

The taxes levied on motorists are so many and adding another baggage would break the camels' horse. The priority by the government right now would be to mend its own house by stopping wastage of money allocated from Road Maintenance Fund which they increased from sh 6 to sh 18 in 24 months.
The huge number of cars above 4 years of manufacture would mean 98% of all vehicles making it impractical. The fact that the government being broke should not be targeted on the already overburdened motorist.
We need police checks and periodic roadside inspections to arrest those not keeping their vehicles roadworthy that subject every one into a harrowing exercise.   
The motorists are being unfairly targeted and indirectly being double taxed. Private car motorists over 95%are self-regulated and take care and maintain their cars. This is a way of indirectly taxing us and nothing to do with safety. Make our roads safe by making sure that they are wide enough made to the standard have road and lane marking as well as well lighted and accidents will be things of the past.
There is no benefit to motorists in this, vehicle upkeep need not be forced. With the level of impropriety and lack of integrity among issuing officials.

Most accidents involving private cars are caused by reckless driving, not defective cars. Today vehicles imported are very safe mechanical wise

Too many levies and charges directed to the private motorists!This a new extortion scheme! 

Currently, even the system doesn't handle commercial and public vehicle inspection as needed
Private vehicle inspection should be on entry as an import only. Such a service should be free, for it to be forced to us. We pay taxes to the government, why double tax from fuel, insurance, etc.

We know our vehicles better than the cad and corrupt police force.
NTSA should first make PSV and commercial vehicle inspection work. We see unroadworthy death traps in the name of PSVs on our roads every day, which are supposedly NTSA inspected. We have so extremely poor and dangerous road designs, roads are full of killer potholes, road reserves aren't being respected, unmarked poorly designed bumps on major highways, and an authority that cannot even ensure PSVs adhere to loading and speeding regulations. All these are safety concerns NTSA should be addressing, but unfortunately, there's is no money to be made from ensuring good and safe road designs. Also, there's too much money to be made from allowing errant PSVs on the road. 
Give priority to stick with sorting out problem Exhaust emissions!!

This is absurd - the roads are not worth car inspection

Let the police officers stop abusing office and then come to us to seat on the table for this

I am against the regulation. This is open to abuse by private garages.
I also feel that the NTSA has been unfairly targeting motorists by the various levies they've introduced
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Private cars for the inspection can't be limited to a specific timeline. Most private cars are used once in a while, meaning most are road worthy.
The said inspection should happen at the port of entry only.
We need to differentiate commercial and private vehicles. 

There’s absolutely no need to force private vehicles for such oddity.
Renewals especially coz they don't make any profits in owning 
A private vehicle. Let private remain private, otherwise, that will amount to infringing on our fundamental basic human rights as enshrined in the Constitution
Why is NTSA abdicating it's duty to corrupt 3rd party garages for vehicle inspection. What are the tangible benefits we motorists will gain from this exercise? This will benefit the garage owners and our corrupt police service period. This is another way of double taxation to an already overburdened motoring public already on compounded taxes. It does not address the leading cause of accidents on our roads the statistics speak for themselves. There’s no point direct or indirect benefits for harassing motorists for the monetary gains of a few pre-selected few individuals in this scheme. Our roads need clear signage, properly marked lines, bumps notification speed limits etc My suggestions is let's have automatic speed cameras on our highways. Fines and penalties should be paid directly to NTSA or Kenya police if one is found in violation. The current Traffic Act is a good document the officers need further training on it and should be held personally responsible for upholding it. If they use it for personal gain intimidation are harassment then they should be changed. I strongly disagree with this suggestion.
This is a stupid idea. I service my car when is due at a reputable garage. My tyres are balanced and aligned at autoXpress twice a year. My tyre pressure and auto gearbox oil are checked every week. I do not carry heavy loads. I do not need to have my car inspected. This is another corrupt scheme.

If an inspection has to be done, then it should be free of charge. 
NTSA should first handle the mess in the psv sector. 
How can I carry my family in my defective car? This is impossible.....new dl, new number plates and now inspection.....this is pure extortion!!!
 
Everyone owning a car regularly has their car serviced as they do not wish to break down....and they wish it to be in good condition. 
Just another way to corrupt.

Private means just that and must remain just that.
This is the creation of another cartel in the garage circles.
When my car is faulty, I don't go to the garage to please NTSA. I do so to make my car sufficiently functional and reliable for the arduous task of mobility. A car is also a symbol of status and we all want to spruce it up without being reminded by a distressing police officer in a wrinkly uniform who should himself be subjected to inspection.
Why inspect private vehicles yet they are for private use only.
Kenyan government should stop looking for revenue everywhere, they should first stop pilferage of our tax money and they will have enough.
This idea is in itself exploitation of the good citizens of this great nation.
Scenario:- be forced to bribe the garage to pass your car, they will tell you this or that need fixing at this price! 
Inspection unit sites are known over the years to be corruption zones.
The fact that unroadworthy Psv's operate despite inspections cements the proof it’s because all NTSA wants is revenue not safety.
First sort out the current inspection. A lot of PSV and commercial 'pick-ups' are not road worthy.

NTSA first look into the inspection of roads that bring serious damage to our cars.

At the moment we don't have the capacity to do inspections for public service vehicles leave alone private vehicles.
Private motorists are overburdened with taxes and maintenance costs for our cars and we really cannot afford to be burdened by more charges. What criteria will they use to accredit garages for inspection? Also, even inspite of our cars being in good condition many motorists are still being harassed by traffic police. The exercise is also likely to be abused and will be time-consuming. Please stop stressing us.
The inspection is far-fetched and ultra-vires since private motorists are governed by their insurance companies through annual inspection BEFORE a cover is issued or renewed. Other than increasing costs to vehicle owners and creating yet another avenue for police extortion on our roads, this is a bad law!

Let the government inspect their county and national vehicles first which mainly and most of the time totally un-roadworthy.

The clarion call is; leave private cars alone.
An ongoing petition is being signed at
 https://motoristassociationofkenya.com/index.php/petition-on-vehicle-inspection

Signed

 

BRT LOW FLOORED BUSES DOCK IN MOMBASA

The correct type of buses for the BRT have started arriving in the country according to a report by The Star. The shipment with 32 low floored buses is said to have docked in Mombasa. The CS yielded to public pressure to get the right type of buses after a trial by a local assembler produced buses on lorry chassis which could not ascribe to BRT standards. The buses from South Africa got stiff opposition from the matatu cartels who feared an end to their stranglehold profiteering monopoly in city routes. Triggered by the public outcry on a poorly run public transport with erratic fares, long waits, poor customer care, and insecurity the state has no choice but to upgrade. The government is also in a rush to catch up with Dar, Dakar, Addis, Johannesburg and other African cities who have already implemented the system. The system makes commuting so fast and easy around city boroughs and CBD streets. Nairobi boasting to be the face of Africa, a gateway to Great Lake Region and an international hub cannot afford to lag behind any longer. The new look buses will be a win for the unhappy commuting public.

The buses are yellow and dark blue with the name NaMATA on the side which translates to Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority in charge of the bus running.

Motorists have in the past opposed taking of any existing lanes for the BRT more so Thika Road fast lane.  

The handle now remains the lack of infrastructure to operate the long buses on. BRT is not long buses only. Thika Road Redline on the fast lane cannot of course be used to run a public bus not only due to the nature of pick and drop nature of a BRT system but the legal implications of hiving off an existing lane from a public road which cannot be acceptable to stakeholder who own the road by virtue of taxes paid in maintenances and construction. Other countries build complete new lanes by the side or at reserved central median reserve found on roads such as Mombasa Road, Jogoo Roads and Waiyaki besides others. Hiving a lane from an existing road can’t be admissible legally. Town Street would be easy, however, to convert on-street parking into dedicated BRT lane. Lacking also is boarding and alighting facilities. Such automated facilities are yet to be built. Ask Dar, Addis, Dakar or Johannesburg a BRT is not just a low floored long bus but a completely seamless system able to handle the intricacies of automated transit. It is not late for the CS to start quick upgrades of the corridors for the buses as he has promised.

Unlike the matatu informal system, Bus Rapid Transit Management demand stringent standards where a professional international renowned managing is practiced. The present operators who run have failed to run formal systems in their Sacco franchises must not interfere with the new setup. They can’t accredit to such prescriptions. Government ownership is key to stemming the cutthroat sectarian competition which hitherto dominated the Nairobi Public Transport. The Minister should not bend qualities of a BRT to appease the appetites of the cartels this time.

The CS says the infrastructure needs Sh 1.2 billion to roll out.

 

Introduction

The campaign objective is to make the roadsides cleaner and greener.
With the government’s ban on the use of polythene papers and huge fines for those found littering from vehicles; Motorists’ Association has found it urgent and necessary to take up the challenge to stop the littering on the roads as a self-regulatory effort by the motorists. A clean environment is good and healthy for all. Throwing waste out of vehicle windows is not only bad road manners, but it makes our roads untidy, unsafe and a health hazard. MAK urges you who drive, and your passengers to take part in keeping the roads cleaner and greener, by discarding vehicle waste responsibly. The standard method of achieving this is by using a car litter-bin and disposing appropriately.

Greening of our public spaces serves not just as a tool of beautification; but with the massive pollution that characterises cities, green spaces are essential in purifying or at least reducing the effects of pollution. Trees also offer shade especially during the hot seasons and this is a relief especially to long-distance travellers. If Kenya is to achieve 10% forest cover by 2022, all spaces would serve as an opportunity to make this dream a reality.

Top Reasons why we littering is a menace:-

Clogged drains which bring flood risks due to blocked waterways

Road crash risk when driver steer to avoid debris

Vehicle and windscreen damage

Collisions with animals attracted by the road litter

Punctures caused by sharp objects in the refuse

Dirty Roadsides

   Health Hazard

Education and Awareness keep our roads clean.

Throwing waste products such as wrappers, plastic cans, among others on the roads and other spaces degrade the environment. Plastics do not decompose therefore leading to degradation of soils and clog drainages. What are we doing? Plastic bottles make up 45 percent of the volume of all litter across the country which is not only an eyesore but provides a breeding ground for disease-causing micro-organism.

 

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Introduction

The campaign objective is to make the roadsides cleaner and greener.
With the government’s ban on the use of polythene papers and huge fines for those found littering from vehicles; Motorists’ Association has found it urgent and necessary to take up the challenge to stop the littering on the roads as a self-regulatory effort by the motorists. A clean environment is good and healthy for all. Throwing waste out of vehicle windows is not only bad road manners, but it makes our roads untidy, unsafe and a health hazard. MAK urges you who drive, and your passengers to take part in keeping the roads cleaner and greener, by discarding vehicle waste responsibly. The standard method of achieving this is by using a car litter-bin and disposing appropriately.

Greening of our public spaces serves not just as a tool of beautification; but with the massive pollution that characterises cities, green spaces are essential in purifying or at least reducing the effects of pollution. Trees also offer shade especially during the hot seasons and this is a relief especially to long-distance travellers. If Kenya is to achieve 10% forest cover by 2022, all spaces would serve as an opportunity to make this dream a reality.

Top Reasons why we littering is a menace:-

Clogged drains which bring flood risks due to blocked waterways

Road crash risk when driver steer to avoid debris

Vehicle and windscreen damage

Collisions with animals attracted by the road litter

Punctures caused by sharp objects in the refuse

Dirty Roadsides

   Health Hazard

Education and Awareness keep our roads clean.

Throwing waste products such as wrappers, plastic cans, among others on the roads and other spaces degrade the environment. Plastics do not decompose therefore leading to degradation of soils and clog drainages. What are we doing? Plastic bottles make up 45 per cent of the volume of all litter across the country which is not only an eyesore but provides a breeding ground for disease-causing micro-organism.

Action: What can we do?

$1·         Use a vehicle litter bin.

$1·         Volunteer during Clean up exercises.

$1·         Greening Spaces (Roads)

$1·         Become a Bin it & Green it champion in your workplace.

$1·         Lobbying for implementation of the law

$1·         Donate to help advance the cause.

Partnerships

The Bin it & Green it campaign is likely to succeed by plugging into existing eco-system mandated with keeping the environment clean such as county governments and corporate partners as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. We have currently partnered with the Nairobi County Government, Roysambu ward; with the hope of extending our campaigns to neighbouring counties. The designated green zones with trees and flowers which can provide aesthetic value while providing shade and rest for long distance travellers. 

 
MOTORISTS ERA OF BEING SUBJECTED TO DEMEANING DETENTIONS AND ARRESTS COMES TO AND END.
Inspector General of Police Approves New Law Banning Jailing of Petty Traffic Offenders
The approval in the new Bail and Bond Charter seeks to save petty offenders from detention.
The Bail and Bond Charter was developed by the Bail and Bond Implementation Committee on the request of the National Council on Administrative Justice of which Motorist Association of Kenya is a member.
 
From now traffic offenders, apart from those accused of serious offenses like causing death by dangerous driving, or driving uninsured vehicle will be issued with free bonds or and most of the time released unconditionally.
 
Police now say,
“We shall not remand you in custody for minor offenses, if the offense is punishable by a fine only or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months”
 
Alleged offenders will be issued with Notices To Appear in Court, on convenient dates, after being issued with free police bonds.
Even drivers alleged to be drink driving vide use of alcoblow tests will from after this AG signing be arrested or forced to pay cash bails.
For serious offences, police will promptly grant the offender reasonable inexpensive bail terms any time of the day or night.
The cash bail shall be availed to court or refunded to the suspect in a timely and expeditious manner as stipulated in Clause seven of the Charter.
 
Director of Communication Charles Owino speaking for NPS continued that the move will help decongest police stations. He told suspects to strictly honour the summons to appear in court, to make it easy for alleged offenders. Traffic offences fines margins must be informed to motorists while payment of instant fines is done wherever one is by use of electronic money remittances.
This directive has reportedly been communicated to all officers across the country and the National Police College commandant has also directed that the Charter be included in the training curriculum.
 

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