Mombasa, KENYA: Traffic police officers in the entire Coast region have been called upon to ensure all PSVs operating during this festive season and private vehicles are road worthy in order to curb accidents.
Addressing the media on Saturday in Mombasa, Coast Regional Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the officers must not allow cars which are not road worthy and carrying excess passengers operate.
“Their responsibility is to ensure that they stop the car and passengers alight, not getting into an agreement with the owners allowing the car pass and later on we hear an accident happened and all have perished. This madness must stop!” Said Marwa.
Marwa also called upon the bus and matatu owners in the region to ensure that all their vehicles are road worthy.
He added that the government has instructed all county commissioners in the region to have a meeting with the transporters in order to create decency on the roads during this festive season.
“The best Christmas is when we all cross over to the new year without loosing lives. I want to encourage officers and the citizens also not to allow such vehicles to operate on the roads.” Said Marwa.
Marwa also said measures have been taken to ensure that traffic is well managed in areas that always pose a challenge during the festive season.
“In conjunction with the county government, we are going to ensure that traffic flows in areas such as Kibarani , the bridge, Bamburi area and Mtwapa.” Said Marwa.
According to National Transport and Safety Authority, the number of passengers who have died on the road as up to December 20, 2017 is 705 compared to 699 who lost their lives at the same time last year.
Over 100 people have died on the road in the month of December the latest accident being the one at Sultan Hamud where seven people lost their lives.