MIGAA CRASH IN WHICH 36 PEOPLE DIED PROMPTS NTSA INTO ACTION
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has indefinitely banned night time travel by Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) on long-distance routes following the deaths of 36 people, mainly passengers on a bus, after a head-on collision between the bus and a truck at about 3.30am on Sunday morning in the Migaa area near the Salgaa black spot. One theory as to the cause of the crash was that the driver of the bus fell asleep at the wheel.
Following the NTSA’s announcement PSV’s will only be allowed to ply their trade between 6am and 7pm.
The NTSA is also undertaking a review of measures currently in place aimed at improving road safety.
NEARLY 3,000 KILLED ON KENYA’S ROADS IN 2017
Nearly 3,000 people have died on Kenya’s roads in 2017, 250 of them in December.
As of 28 December, there had been 2,856 fatalities on the country’s roads and 3,889 people seriously injured during the year.
There is now mounting pressure not only for the NTSA to take effective action to stem the carnage on Kenya’s roads but to also transfer the enforcement of traffic rules to the police.
Moses Kuria, the Gatundu South MP, told The Star newspaper, “As the vice-chairman of the Transport committee in the National Assembly, I will ensure the role is taken away from the NTSA”.