On-the-spot fines may go the way of the Michuki Rules
The introduction of new traffic rules by the NTSA was long overdue. It ought to have been done a long time ago to avoid piling up of statistics of fatalities on our roads. Unfortunately, I fear they might end up just like the [John] Michuki Rules. Twelve years ago, public service transport was very disorganised. His entry into the Transport docket revolutionised the sector. But we have gone back to same spot. It is disheartening to see innocent people perish on the wheels of death simply because of drivers’ negligence and ignorance. Michuki rules’ miscarriage was largely linked to individual interests in establishing a monopolistic public transport sector. If not addressed early enough, the NTSA rules might face the same challenges Michuki rules did more than a decade ago. Just fining a driver for an offence is not enought to deter him from committing another traffic offence.
KEVIN OWINO Maseno University