The Traffic Commandant (TC), Samuel Kimaru has ordered county traffic bosses to ensure all vehicles operating illegally as public service vehicles (PSVs) are removed from Kenyan roads.
Speaking in Embu during a road safety awareness campaign, Kimaru said vehicles such as probox cars are illegally operating as PSVs.
Kimaru said such vehicles and other private vehicles are not authorised to operate as public service vehicles (PSVs).
“I want to urge the county traffic bosses not to entertain probox, Sienta and any other private car that will be caught carrying passengers, press them until they surrender, we cannot allow risking of people lives,” noted Kimaru.
The TC further added that vehicles such as Sientas and probox are not licensed to operate as PSVs.
“However such vehicles can be licensed by county government to operate as taxis within the town,” added Kimaru.
Kimaru further expressed concern over the increase in number of accidents along Embu-Kiritiri road caused by proboxs and boda boda operators who ferry muguka to Embu town.
He said drivers and riders on this busy road are a bit careless and urged them to adhere to traffic rules.
“Almost every day I get reports of accident along Embu-Kiritiri road, and it either involve probox or bodaboda, for instance in March we lost one bodaboda driver and his two passengers; the following month of April there was another accident so you wonder what is happening along that road,”said Kimaru.
He challenged traffic officers in charge of that road to do close monitoring of vehicles and boda boda operating along Embu – Kiritiri road to minimise the accidents.
He urged the drivers to avoid being drunk while they drive and be self regulating by being responsible on the road because traffic police will not always be along the road to monitor them.
Kimaru disclosed that soon they will start sensitizing members of public on traffic rules and how to deal with rogue drivers.
By Kimani Tirus