Used car parts are causing accidents, Spokesman Oguna says

Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna says many accidents have occurred on Kenyan roads as a result of used spare parts.

“Many lorries have been involved in tragic accidents after losing control when a brake fails. The government aim is to minimize the risks of such like accidents,” Oguna said.

The National Transport and Safety Authority statistics for 2019 accidents record an increased number of accidents than last year. The figure is currently at 1,192 deaths as of May 9, 2019 compared to 1,054 as of May 2018.

On March 22, a fatal road accident happened along Naivasha-Nakuru highway when a lorry rammed into a 14-seater matatu killing all on board. Area OCPD attributed the accident to a failed break of the lorry.

On October last year, 56 passengers died when a bus they were boarding lost control in Kerich at Fort Ternan due to failed breaks.

Spokesman Oguna says that selected spare banned include: tires, tie-rod-ends, bearings, brake pads, tubes, brake hosepipes, filters, spark plugs, and others are to be imported only as new.

Businessmen in the sector, however, cry foul over this ban, saying that they are set to lose their livelihoods.

Oguna added that the government is still in talks about banning used vehicles exceeding 8 years and reducing it to 5 years maximum.

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