Night travel ban to be lifted in two weeks

Transport PS Paul Maringa PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:The government will lift night travel ban that was imposed on public service vehicles across the country.

Speaking at parliamentary buildings when he appeared before National Assembly transport committee, transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa said that the government will lift the ban after receiving a report from stakeholders in the transport industry.

Marangi said that the decision will be reached after receiving a committee   report which involved   different stakeholders in the transport sector.

He pointed that the ban will be done selectively in different parts of the country after ascertaining the companies that will go  through a set of conditions by the ministry ,adding that companies that have been flouting traffic rules and regulations will not be given  a clean bill of health.

“I expect that we can lift the ban on in the next two weeks.”Maringa said

On the other hand ,while appearing before the committee the National Transport and Safety Authority  chair  Francis Mejja sharply differed with critics over his decision to impose  night travel  ban saying that the decision was unanimously reached among stakeholders in the transport industry which encompassed the  interior and transport ministry.

“We said in the mean time as we wait the root cause of this problem ,lets suspend night travel .it is not going to be forever ,it is a suspension to allow us make put in extra measures ,to support what we want to achieve.”Mejja said

Infrastructure principal secretary John Mosonik said that the government is employing strategies of solving the accident menace in the Salgaa area which has been marked as a hot spot, prone to accidents.

He said that from March the ministry will build  a barrier dividing the road , adding two lanes  , a signage and  emergency  stop  over for trucks so as to enhance inspection on the condition of  trucks before they embark on their journey .

Mosonik  added  that the government will be building a high way from Nairobi to Mau Summit also provide  an option for vehicles to use other feeder roads in the area through Ravine to Eldoret  and the other ones heading to Kisumu to use the Molo route in bid to reduce the number of accidents in the area .op