Kenyans are bracing themselves for a major road safety crackdown set to begin on Monday, February 28.
Government spokesperson Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna issued the announcement informing citizens of the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) targeting motorists among other road users.
The operation to be led by Police officers and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is intended to catch a wide net of offenders. Authorities will be looking out for;
- Unprescribed number plates
- Installation of throb lights
- Installation of flashing lights
- Vehicles with foreign plates without foreign motor vehicle permits
- Illegal Public Service Vehicles (PSVs)
- Speeding vehicles ferrying miraa from Meru and Embu
- Unlicensed tuktuks in Nairobi, Mombasa and their environs
- Vehicles ferrying sugarcane in the sugarcane-growing parts of Western Kenya
The operation is expected to result in enhanced road safety, with the government keen on bringing down the number of road accident related fátalities.
Data from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) shows that road fatálities rose 18.5% in 2021 to 4,121 from 3,478 in 2020.
The NTSA in partnership with the European Union (EU) has been running the Usalama Barabarani road safety campaign since 2021. The campaign is intended to reduce road accidents in the country.