NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
government on Sunday banned long-distance public service
vehicles from traveling at night in a bid to prevent accidents
that have so far claimed 200 lives in the month of December.
Director General of National Transport and Safety Authority
(NTSA) Francis Meja said in a statement issued in Nairobi that
the ban which takes effect from Dec. 31 prohibits buses ferrying
passengers to long distances from operating beyond 7 p.m.
"Over the recent past, our records indicate that majority of
crashes occur during the night.
"In order to review the effectiveness of the current measures
in place to improve road safety, we hereby suspend night travel
for long distance public service vehicles," said Meja.
He announced the ban came a few hours after a horrific
accident involving a bus and trailer claimed 36 lives along the
Nakuru-Eldoret highway at dawn on Sunday.
The bus that was heading to Nairobi from the border town of
Busia had 46 passengers when it collided with an oncoming
Meja said authorities have intensified probe into the cause
of the crash in an accident black spot where more than 100 lives
have been lost in the month of December alone.
The Sunday dawn road accident along the major highway
connecting Kenya’s capital, Nairobi and western parts of the
country happened against a backdrop of heightened preparations
to usher in the New Year.
Government officials cautioned motorists against reckless
driving to prevent more fatalities on the road as the country
geared up for New Year celebrations.
"We would like to reiterate that action will be taken on
motorists who flout traffic rules through over-speeding that
often leads to accidents," said Meja.
He added that the government will implement a raft of new
measures to minimize accidents on the roads and major highways.
"We assure the public that all is being done to address the
upsurge of fatal crashes across the country. We appeal to all
motorists to be extra vigilant," Meja said.
Road accident kills 30 in west Kenya
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A road accident Sunday on a major highway
in west Kenya killed 30 and injured dozens of others.
The accident occurred at dawn when a bus and a trailer
collided at a known black spot on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
Police said the bus was carrying passengers to Nairobi from
the border town of Busia, and the trailer was heading to the
town of Eldoret in northwest Kenya.
Gideon Kibunja, the Rift Valley Head of the Directorate of
Criminal Investigations, said 28 bodies were found from the
wreckage of the bus at the scene, while another two were
retrieved from the trailer.
Kibunja said the bus was overloaded.