The rate of road accidents has been increasing day in day out across the country, the latest fatality being that that killed over fifty passengers along Lodiani-Muhoroni road.
This has led the interior cabinet secretary Doctor Fred Matiangi to give a directive that will see the return of the famous Michuki traffic rules. Matiangi attributed the high road carnage to lack of adherence to the traffic laws. In a statement urging compliance with the rules, the CS said,
“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,”
From the 12th of November 2018, the transport stakeholders have been urged to comply with the not so new rules that were first introduced by former transport Minister the late John Michuki back in 2003.
So what are these famous Michuki rules?
1.Speed limiters/governors. Where PSV vehicles are not to exceed 80 km/h
2.Safety belts. All vehicles are supposed to have safety belts on each sit for each customer, this in turn prevents carrying excess.
3. Yellow continuous line. All PSV vehicles are supposed to have a yellow continuous line to identify them as psv.
4.Uniforms and PSV badges.
Drivers and conductors must have uniforms and badges where the driver’s uniform is navy blue in colour and that of the conductor is maroon.
5. Display photos. This is for easy identification by the traffic authorities that the driver is the person allocated the vehicle.
The move to get this rules back in action has resulted to many psv vehicles operators down their tools of trade after an impromptu crack down that saw many being arrested for failing to meet the standards required. Those operating have hiked bus fare to almost double the normal amount making it hard for people to travel from place to place.