Private car owners on the spot over increased road accidents

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The government has put private car owners on the spot over increased cases of road carnage in the country.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i says his ministry is alarmed by increased road accidents involving private car owners and warns those found going against traffic rules risk losing their driving licenses.

At the same time, the CS has directed all parastatals to return private number plates with immediate effect and only use government licensed number plates on their vehicles.

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While speaking at the annual road safety review meeting with County and Regional commanders at the Kenya School of Government, Matiang’i faulted private car owners, saying they are dragging the government’s efforts to curb road accidents in the country.

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The CS further directed the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to terminate driving licenses of those compromising traffic rules

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At the same time, the interior CS urged Kenyans to be more careful on the roads as we enter the last quarter of the year.

According to the latest report by NTSA, the number of accidents has shot up by 1,048 to hit 7,229 as of July 1 this year compared to 6,181 in the same month last year. 

Moreover, pedestrians continue to post the highest figures in terms of fatalities where lives lost in both periods stand at 620 in July this year compared to 576 in July last year.

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In the report, Mombasa Road has been a cause for concern, with accidents stirring a public outcry.

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