December 19, 2017


Some of the city by-laws and traffic offences, otherwise, you could find yourself in the wrong side of the law.

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If you are in Kenya (especially in the city of Nairobi) for the first time, or have simply not been here in a while, then you need to be abreast with some of the city by-laws and traffic offences, otherwise, you could find yourself in the wrong side of the law.

  1. If you love your cigar then you need to take it slow because smoking in public other than in the designated smoking zones is a crime.
  2. Driving or permitting to be driven in any overloaded vehicles.
  3. Motorcycle rider riding without protective gear
  4. failure to observe speed limits
  5. Parking in a designated parking space without payment of fees. After paying for your parking ticket you are required to display it on the windscreen of the car failure to which your vehicle will be impounded and you will have to pay a fine.
  6. In case you are using a public vehicle, it’s also illegal to board a vehicle or alight from non-designated areas.
  7. Failure to fasten your seat belt or being on phone while driving are traffic offences.
  8. Spitting on any foot path is a crime that can attract a fine of Sh 2,000 or three months in prison and blowing your nose aimlessly other than into any suitable cloth or tissue might land you in trouble as well.
  9. Loitering or attempting to procure a female/male for prostitution purpose is a crime punishable by law considering that the vice is illegal, despite the numerous call girls in the streets of Nairobi.
  10. Defecating or urinating on a street or any other public space is illegal as well
  11. Enter a public toilet without first paying any fee which the Council may charge for its use.
  12. Willfully annoy or interfere in any way with the privacy of any other person using a public toilet.
  13. In case you are in a hurry, be warned that overlapping, obstruction, driving on pavements or through a filling station to avoid traffic is an offence and you risk a fine of Kshs 100,000 -300,000 or One year in jail or both.
  14. Driving under influence of alcohol is a traffic offence that attracts a fine of Ksh 500, 000 or ten years in jail or both.
  15. Public nuisance is not entertained in the city either and could land you in trouble with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

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