Michuki Rules to take Effect on Monday

Michuki Rules to take Effect on Monday

The national chairman of matatu Association (MOA) Simon kimutai, has welcomed the move of enforcing traffic rules faulting transport agencies for not complying with the rules.

“Traffic rules are meant to be enforced continuously but the police  have not been doing so .They are  now pretending to be serious about enforcement .I am worried that they will take advantage of the enforcement for personal gain," Simon said. He however cited that Michuki rules were suspended by Justice Odunga and called for dialogue to resolve issues. ‘If there’s a problem which I don’t deny, the traffic department should be sensitive on to address it.’ He added.

The government has given matatus until Monday next week to comply with Michuki traffic rules. The rules are said to be applied across the board to passengers, public service vehicles {PSV} owners as well as drivers and conductors as follows;

All public commercial and private vehicles to be fitted with seat belts

Matatus and taxis to be painted with a consistent visible yellow line 150milimetres wide.

Motorists {excluding taxis and car hire vehicles}as well as commercial vehicles with tare weights exceeding 1tonne are required to fit their cars with speed governors and not to go beyond 80km/h.

Owners of matatus who violate the rules will be liable to a fine of ksh.500,000 for each unfitted seatbelt or not meeting the required specifications.

The drivers and conductors are;

 To be employed permanently and to be issued badges provided by the registrar of motor vehicles that gives them identification as PSV operators.

Wear similar uniforms identifying as PSV operators.

Drivers to undergo training after every two years and drivers should display their photos infront of their vehicles.

Passengers overloading vehicles or not wearing seatbelts will have to pay a maximum fine of ksh 600,000 or a prison term not exceeding two months.

Inspector general Joseph Boinet has called for cooperation as the exercise kicks the fourth day.a