On-the-spot fines may go the way of the Michuki Rules

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

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

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