Fifteen days after 42 people died in a grisly road accident at Tunnel flyover on the Londiani-Muhoroni highway, a stone’s throw away from Fort Tenan, the government has turned to former cabinet minister John Michuki’s guide book on how to tame road carnage, in a bid to rein in on the high number of road accidents have put cabinet secretaries James Macharia (Transport), Fred Matiang’i (Interior) as well as Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett on the spot.
In a statement to newsrooms on October 25, CSs Macharia and Matiang’i announced that they would be re-introducing the Michuki Rules enforced by the former minister back in 2003.
“Effective Monday, November 12, 2018, any PSV vehicle, drivers, SACCOs/Transport companies, passengers and other relevant parties that fail to comply with the provisions of the NTSA Act and the Traffic Act will be firmly dealt with in accordance with the law,” reads the statement.
So much has rogueness kicked in that a matatu plying the Kahawa-Kenyatta University route along Thika Superhighway hit a police chase car in Nairobi CBD during an awards ceremony on September 9 destroying the police car’s rear bumper and boot, the bus was later impounded.
Going forward according to the CSs it will now be mandatory for all PSVs to be fitted with
• Safety belts for all seats
• The yellow line
• Speed governor
PSVs crew will also be expected to observe discipline by
• Wearing uniform and donning badges
• Display their photos and identity tags on the vehicles that they operate
This is a classic case of history repeating itself as the now late former powerful cabinet minister introduced the rules back in 2003 at a time the country was grappling with insanity on the roads.
Michuki Rules as they are popularly known proved to be a masterstroke as sanity on the roads was finally restored.
Before their introduction, Kenyan PSV drivers were carrying passengers in excess, over speeding and driving under the influence.