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DISSENT OVER EXTORTION ON SPEED LIMIT ZONES

With regard to the above subject matter, we bring to your attention complains from motorists over undue arrests and extortion by police on speed limit zones. The arrest is followed by heavy fines without motorist being shown photographic footages and camera calibrations of the alleged minor offense.

Having carried out research on most of our roads, some have no signs to show the start and end of a speed limit zone while the existing ones are not conspicuous. Police take advantage of this to frustrate and waste the time of motorist hoping a bribe will be paid to prevent wasting a day in court. This is an abuse of office and prejudicial to those who drive and are major economy builders.

Some of these roads leading to towns have bumps which make it difficult for motorists to exceed the limits. The police hide on such zones just to accuse the motorists without providing concrete evidence; a case of Maseno- Kisumu Road, Gilgil among others. Enforcement ought to be informed by the number of road accidents, not for purposes of revenue collection.

We have received lots of complaints from frustrated motorists who have lost lots of money to the law enforcers who seemingly are friends of courts and it is high time that your office take actions to address this matter of extortion related to speed limit zones. The courts' orderlies are also being accused by the victims for siphoning bribes from motorists in full glare within the court precincts. We demand that the ministry of transport in collaboration with your office look into providing solutions by having fixed cameras along the speed zones and making it clear to the traffic marshals to stop the extortion.

Motorists deserve to be respected and their rights not to be violated. The law is very clear on speed limits and photographic footages. Word of mouth is not evidence.

 

NAIROBI DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR A VEHICLE FREE DAY.

Unlike cities that have car-free days, Nairobi does not meet the criteria. One, the car in Nairobi is a convenient mode of transport, not a luxury. This is because there is no acceptable mode of public transport to carry the masses to and from work apart from 3 routes that have train services and is only in the morning and evening that is Kahawa, Kikuyu, and Embakasi. Many roads do not have PSVs.  Setting a vehicle free day on a working day (Wednesday) will sabotage freedom of movement and stop the frail economy. What does the CS Transport expect Nairobians to do where there is no mode of public transport at all? Kitisuru, Karen, Garden Estate, to name but a few do not have a public mode of transport due to the informality of the system. Cities that have car-free days have a park and walk or ride facilities. Where does the CS expect people to park their vehicles since one cannot walk from Nyali estate to CBD? Even if one was to walk for the 15 kilometres in the morning, will the person walk back at night when after the close of business? This haphazard arrangement cannot work in Nairobi. First things first, let the minister and Nairobi Governor in close consultation with governors of Kajiado, Kiambu, and Machakos work on foolproof mass transit with requisite infrastructure to qualify to join organized cities that have car-free days. Aping and trying to catch up with other well-run cities can only punish Nairobi residents and will not make Nairobi any better. 

 

Local Low-Quality Assembled Vehicles are not safe.


Unknown to many passengers and commuters the buses you ride are mounted on lorry chassis. The bodies are built of low quality designed to disintegrate after a short during of time to create demand for more. The bodies have ventilation issues due to the line of the windows right direct to the seats which force passengers or commuters to keep them shut to avoid wind gusts, thereby, spreading communicable diseases. The high center of gravity, squeezed wheelbase, truck suspension compromise road safety badly. The design of windows and seats do not consider comfort but are made with a higher number of fares in mind thus compromising wellbeing of travelers and commuters. Some even do 3 seats and two series constricting the walkway.
Half Lorries have big bodies on small engines which allows overloading. This is blamed for slow movement where the slow mini trucks hold traffic on the highways since they do speeds of 40 to 50 Kph. The low engine capacity makes these small Lorries not to last long thereby increasing the need to keep buying new ones at the expense of the owners and a great benefit to the chassis sellers. 
This holding of traffic slows the economy a great deal as it negates the meaning of highways of transporting persons and goods quickly and efficiently. The two-way meeting traffic makes matters worse as overtaking becomes an issue with many held by these overloaded slow trucks attempts to make daring overtaking. 
For this reason, Motorist Association of Kenya supports the minister for transport on his wisdom to source for BRT buses from South Africa since the samples build locally fails to meet standards for mass transit model of buses. In the long run, imported buses have the better advantage since they last longer and are safer. By any standards locally assembled are more expensive. The multinationals who assemble vehicles ships the proceeds to their countries and the excuse that they are job creators is not all true since most of the works are automated with a skeletal workforce. Safe bus imports will make movements of persons easier and safer in effect increasing business and the country’s GDP rating. 
The local assemblers and bodybuilders should in the meantime up their game to meet the stringent requirement of a BRT System to get accreditation recognizable or comparable to other cities that have deployed the Mass Transit. 

 

15.1.2019
FUEL PRICES DROP BY Ksh 10 WELCOME.

At Motorist Association of Kenya MAK, we welcome the new price review by Energy Regulatory Commission ERC. For this time we fully agree with the commission for the first time ever that fuel prices must be lower than the Ksh 100 mark. This now and the reduction of VAT on fuel from 16% to 8% after MAK strong lobbying will make the economy grow since it depends on the affordable movement of persons and goods. This drop will increase Gross Domestic Product reducing poverty. Construction, food prices, business trips will be easier. MAK urge matatus owners to lower bus fares increased during Michuki comeback laws to fair original levels. Transporting of goods and building materials will be cheaper. We expect Taxi fares to be considered too
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Samuel Onyango
MAK Executive Director.

 

Dear MAK Member,

MAK takes this opportunity to wish you happy festive times and a prosperous 2019

In this year which about to end in the next six days, the association got involved in various activities aimed at enhancing members best interests. MAK opposed vigorously the introduction of 16% VAT on Fuel. The strong campaign made the government lower the intended percentage to 8% which is better for our pockets though.
The association being part of the formulation of Minor Offences First and Second Schedules under National Council on Administration of Justice NCAJ supported the court ruling by Judge Mativo to uphold the Instant Fines which he ordered to take effect with immediate effect. Once the schedules are in place motorists will experience fair administration of Justice. Matiang’i order to a return of Michuki caught many flat-footed. The enforcement again took advantage to fleece motorists of their hard earned by going overboard. MAK stood firm to protect her membership from the injustices. Police Headquarters had to clarify on that officer going was so against the law and would be held individually responsible. The forum continued to raise many issues some of which drew outcry from membership when the enforcement agent arrested offenders on nonexistent offences or were very hard on minor or misdemeanour offences. The association managed to intervene on behalf of her members among them Deepak, Shah, Muchai, Mwai, and many other who sought legal advice and representation. The association is currently doing a registration drive to make motorists be part of the policy formulation and enjoy membership benefits. 
Motorist Association in her mandate to exercise advocacy questioned the manner road construction was being prioritised where very important road did not benefit from upgrades yet their narrow two-way nature was causing countless fatal head-on collisions. On the intended Mombasa Nairobi Toll Road dual carriage Expressway, MAK held meetings at the association headquarters and also visited the Bechtel contractors office at Westlands Peponi road. Kenha was represented by Eng. Mwawasi. MAK expressed her reservations on a Toll Road and said motorists would rather prefer an upgrade of the existing highway to cut down on expenses of paying the toll. Again the project would be superfluous since it would run parallel to the new SGR. 

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