Hundreds of motorists arrested as matatu crackdown continues

Police have arrested more than 5,200 motorists countrywide for flouting traffic rules.

This comes amid a renewed bid by the government to reinforce ‘Michuki rules’ and curb road carnage.

Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, said the operation will continue until order is restored on Kenyan roads. He lauded the crackdown on non-complaint matatus, saying the police have done a commendable job.

Public Service Vehicles are required to have inspection certificates, speed governors, a continuous yellow line, seat belts, insurance and matatu crew should wear uniforms.

Before the ongoing crackdown, government efforts to enforce road safety rules were undermined by corruption and lack of political will.

Meanwhile, Police in Eastern region have arrested over 2,000 offenders for flouting traffic laws as the crackdown intensifies.

Eastern Regional Police commander, Moses Ombati, revealed that out of the 2000 offenders 300 are Matatu drivers who have been arrested and arraigned in court after violating traffic rules and regulations set by the government.

Speaking during a press briefing in his office at Eastern Region police headquarters, Ombati said so far the operation has been successful across the region, adding that police have arrested and prosecuted 280 boda boda operators in the region.

Ombati cited lack of full support from members of the public as one of the main challenges facing traffic officers as they embark on enforcing the Michuki rules.

He said police have established that drivers and motor cycle riders are avoiding major roads and instead using roads in remote areas and called on the public to report such cases.

  

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