Lamu police seize unroadworthy vehicles in ongoing crackdown


Lamu, KENYA: Police in Lamu have seized 6 vehicles and over 40 motorcycles in an ongoing crackdown on incompetent driving in the county.

The vehicles and motorcycles were nabbed in an operation aimed at arresting all unqualified drivers who risk the lives of their passengers on a daily basis.

Speaking in his Lamu office on Monday, Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said all those arrested shall be arraigned in court this week.

The commissioners warned and at the same time urged those who know they haven’t met the required driving regulations and are yet to be arrested in the operation to surrender themselves to the police.

Kanyiri said many of the bodaboda operators in Mokowe,Hindi,Witu,Kibaoni and Mpeketoni have no valid driving licenses warranting them to operate.

He said it was also unfortunate the bodaboda operators in the mentioned areas do not also have the necessary required regalia to protect themselves and their passengers in case of accidents.

The commissioner said the operation shall continue until all unsuitable drivers are taken off the Lamu roads.

“Those arrested will be presented in court very soon, we also intend to carry on with the crackdown till we achieve zero unroadworthy driving on our roads here in Lamu. Life is of the essence and as such we shall do all we can to save it,” said Kanyiri.

He also urged members of the public to report to the police any bodaboda operator or driver who contravenes traffic regulations and risks the lives of the passengers and other road users.