The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in conjunction with the National Police Service on Wednesday kicked off a countrywide crackdown on vehicles that do not comply with safety rules along roads.
Several motor vehicles and motorcycles were impounded for various violations including use of unprescribed registration plates that have not been issued by NTSA, overloading, speeding and operating with expired licenses.
“Motorists have also been charged for various violations including use of registration plates not issued by NTSA, overloading, speeding, operating with expired licenses (DL, PSV badges, RSL and MVI),” says the authority.
Road crash statistics
Statistics have shown that cases of road accident are usually on the rise going into the December festive season, with the nationwide crack down meant to curb this fatal accidents.
According to data from NTSA, more people have been killed in road accidents as at October 31, 2020, compared to a similar period last year, despite travel restrictions placed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Between January and October this year, 3,114 had died on Kenyan roads against 2019’s 2,942 deaths, a 5.8% increase. Accidents involving motorcycles jumped from 597 to 884, 350 pillion passengers have died in 2020 compared to 2019’s 277.
“From the analysis, human-related factors such as speeding, reckless driving, dangerous overtaking, drunk driving, drunk walking and failure to use helmets among others, have been attributed to the crashes,” NTSA Director General George Njau had said.