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NMS sends stern warning to motorists, riders using pedestrian walkways

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The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has sent a strong warning to motorists, riders, florists and public service vehicles (PSVs) within the capital’s CBD.

In a notice served on Friday, November 13, NMS has expressed concerns in the manner in which motorists and riders continue their businesses in total disregard of the agency’s directives and traffic rules.

Ostensibly, NMS says that florists in the capital have turned walkways and cycle lanes as grounds for displaying flowers and seedlings.

“It has come to our notice that unauthorised officers continue to illegally allocate picking/ dropping bays for PSVs, motorists continue to park and ride along NMT facilities in total disregard of traffic rules,” says NMS, which has since released new regulations that are supposed to be followed judiciously.

The directives are as follows;

  1. No person or officer is authorised to allocate, and or assign picking/dropping bay including parking slots without written authorisation from Director Roads, Transport and Public Works upon approval by the Office of the Director General,
  2. Any request for allocation or assignment of picking/dropping bay and parking slot will undergo scrutiny from the committee appointed by NMS to undertake this function. Any purported approval granted without following this procedure is null and void,
  3. Parking, driving or riding on pedestrian walkways or cycle-lanes by motor vehicles or motorcycles is prohibited. Any driver found in contravention will be prosecuted and their driving license suspended and where damage occasioned to the infrastructure, the violator will pay for its restoration to previous condition, and
  4. Selling and displaying of seedlings and flowers on pedestrian and cyclists’ pathways is prohibited and anyone having such plants on Non-Motorised Traffic (NMT) corridors should remove them forthwith. Where one is licensed to have such display, plants should be two meters away from the walkways.

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