Public transport companies want night travel ban lifted

Written By: George Kithuka
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Calls abound for the government to lift the night travel ban imposed on long distance public service vehicles and instead redirect energies to enforcement of traffic rules.

The National Road Safety Association and a section of long distance PSV operators say implementation of the ban was a rash decision that will have a lasting negative effect on the economy.

Majority applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for ordering NTSA to stop surveillance on roads.

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The public transport companies however lament the night travel ban is hurting the economy.

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The Road Safety Association of Kenya Chairman David Kiarie argues that the increased cases of accidents on Kenyan roads is a result of laxity on enforcement of traffic rules.

Long distance truck drivers through their association also say withdrawing the NTSA inspectors from the road is not the solution curbing road carnage.

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Sunday December 31, 2017, the National Transport and safety Authority (NTSA) suspended night travel for long distance public service vehicles.

In a statement to newsrooms, NTSA Director General Francis Meja said all travel must be scheduled to take place between 6am and 7pm.

The Director General also said that they are doing everything possible to address the upsurge of fatal crashes across the country.

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The ban came amid an upsurge of road accidents across the country.  According to statistics from the NTSA, 356 people perished in road accidents in December 2017 compared to 289 in December 2016.

This despite the fact that the total number of road accident victims in 2017 was 2,919, 46 less than in 2016.

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