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For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« on: November 09, 2012, 03:23:38 pm »
There are actually some rules in Kenya, how selectively they will be applied is unsure. Make sure budding travelers are aware especially about the reflective vests. Easy money.

NEW KENYA TRAFFIC LAWS SUMMARY:
 
Here is a summary of the drastic new traffic rules caused by the Amendment of section 12 of Cap 403 of the laws of Kenya. The president signed the amendments yesterday meaning they are in operation from today and we could all be victims.
 
A). Number plates: When you sell your vehicle, you should surrender the number plates to the registrar of motor vehicles and when you fail to renew the insurance, remember to surrender the number plates to the registrar otherwise you risk being arrested and fined
 
 
B). Overlapping, obstruction, driving on pavement or through a petrol station to avoid traffic-You risk a fine of Kshs 100,000 -300,000 or One year in jail or BOTH
 
C). Over speeding – when you over speed- You risk a fine of Kshs 10,000 or 3 months imprisonment or both
 
D). Careless Driving: Penalty of Ksh 500,000 or 10 years imprisonment or both
 
E). Careless driving causing death: Life Imprisonment. This is being treated like murder.
 
F). Driving under influence of alcohol: A fine of Ksh 500, 000 or ten years in jail or both.
 
G). PSV Operators - Should adhere to the uniforms and badges rules
h. Motor Cycle operators - ONE PASSENGER only and the passenger and rider must be in reflective vests and helmets- otherwise you risk a fine of Kshs 10,000 and in default 12 months imprisonment
 
Other changes as below:
 
• Road blocks are to be gazetted prior to being mounted by the police
• Driving licenses of speed limit violators shall be suspended for not less than 3 years if the person has exceeded speed limit by more than 10 kph and if offence is repeated 3 or more times.
• Mandatory eye test every 3 years for licensed drivers. And if you fail the test then license is withdrawn.
• All law enforcement officers (regular police and APs) are now effectively mandated to deal with traffic issues with the abolition of the Traffic Department under the Kenya Police Service Act.
 
MOST IMPORTANT: LET US SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ALL OUR DRIVERS, COLLEAGUES, FAMILY & FRIENDS
 
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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2012, 04:27:19 pm »
E) life sentence for reckless driving, like the idea
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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2012, 04:32:39 pm »
In a way I don't blame them. They are trying to rectify their 'traffic problem'. I do business up there and no what it's like, especially in Nairobi. If they get it right in enforcing those new laws will be another matter though.
 

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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2012, 04:45:50 pm »
When I was up there a few years ago, I was warned not to drive with window open, as they would steal the watch off my arm.
Rather give the place a miss.
 

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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2012, 09:21:45 pm »
Yeah right :imaposer:

Sorry, as a frequent traveller to Kenya, I very much doubt that this will be enforced, but I will keep my ears and eyes open.

It seems that the new thing in Africa is the reflective vests for motorcyclists!
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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2012, 10:37:23 pm »
Ksh 10 000 in the right hands, and you can get away with murdering the president.

Been there a couple of times, and the way i remember is that laws and regulations are just there to have the law inforcement officers make a little something on the side
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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2012, 08:23:19 am »
Making the fines absurd ensures a steady cash-flow to the cops. It's all very organized with the inspectors and commissioner on percentages.
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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2012, 08:31:58 am »
Thanks for posting, what about an update 6 months from now indicating how it's going?
 

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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2012, 08:15:51 pm »
Been riding in Kenya for a couple of weeks, many in reflective vest so there must be some enforcement. I have been riding in a yellow air-flow jacket with reflective points and have not had any problems.  They have a long way to go to civilize the traffic here but this may be a start. Also saw many reflective vests in Tanzania so I expect similar law there.
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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2012, 06:23:23 pm »
Mmmmm, thanks for the info. I'll be heading through there sometime later this year, so good to know.  :thumleft:

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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2012, 10:10:33 am »
I can't see them getting it right, when I was there they just crossed the red robot right in front of the traffic cops and they did nothing. The same here in RSA, you are not suppose to murder but there are 18000 murders a year here.
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Re: For the travelers. New Kenya Traffic Laws.
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2013, 03:17:59 pm »
Also saw many reflective vests in Tanzania so I expect similar law there.
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Self-preservation I think more likely, no such law enforcement here yet.
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