NTSA raises red flag over increasing road fatalities

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The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has  raised a red flag over increasing road fatalities involving pedestrians and boda boda operators countrywide.

NTSA data and program’s manager Samuel Musumba says the Authority is reviewing traffic rules and formulating a new traffic policy in a bid to strengthen areas that are weak and seal the loopholes.

In 2019 the number of lives lost on the roads nationwide stood at 3,567 compared to 3,337 the previous year, an overall 6.9 per cent increase in road accident deaths.  

Among the fatalities, pedestrians led at 1,376, followed by motorcyclists (875), passengers (565), drivers (309) and pedal cyclists (69).

As the result of the worrying statistics, the National Transport and Safety Authority says the agency is revising traffic rules and framing a new traffic policy in a bid to reinforce areas that are weak.

NTSA data and programs manager Samuel Musumba says besides training the motorcycle taxi operators, the government intends to have them working under saccos just like Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) operators).

Musumba was speaking in Ruiru, Kiambu County during the closure of a two-week road safety training for employees of Match Electricals Ltd who have been doing repairs for damaged lights along the Thika superhighway on contractual terms for Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

SOURCE: kbc.co.ke

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