Murkomen wants PSVs fitted with dashboard cameras to curb road carnage

Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 20:36 | By
Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen
Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen. PHOTO/Kipchumba Murkomen/X

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has announced plans to float new regulations requiring all public service vehicles (PSVs) to be fitted with dashboard cameras.

In a statement, Murkomen also stated that the regulation will include commercial and school transport vehicles.

The vehicles, according to the CS, must be fitted with vehicle telematics with GPS, and a black box recorder transmitting data such as speed, location maintenance and servicing history of the vehicle.

"My Ministry will soon come up with new regulations that among others will make it mandatory to fit all PSV, Commercial and school transport vehicles with dashboard cameras and vehicle telematics full with GPS, black box recorders transmitting data such as speed, location maintenance and servicing history of the vehicle," Murkomen said.

Murkomen on roadside markets

The announcement follows a grisly accident which occurred at Londiani Junction, leading to the loss of 52 people. To curb such, Murkomen has also suggested the removal of all markets from road reserves.

"We shall also remove all markets from the road reserves. These among other measures earlier announced should improve safety in our roads," he added.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones in the Londiani tragedy. Quick recovery to the injured."

Murkomen estimates that the equipment will not cost more than Ksh30,000 per vehicle, and expects the changes to be effected within the next one year.

"We have looked at all the available options and realised that for all the gadgets to be installed, it would not cost more than Ksh30,000 to the owners. If that will save lives, then we have no options but to implement it," Murkomen said.

Speaking during interdenominational church service and prayers for the victims and families of the Londiani accident, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua promised compensation of Ksh300000 for each family that lost their loved one while survivors will get Ksh200,000 each.

Gachagua also promised changes in the National Police Service, which oversees and enforces traffic rules in the country.

"We are rolling out reforms in the National Police Service that will also touch on the traffic police department and a report will be handed to the President (William Ruto) in a few weeks' time," Gachagua said.

"The President will in the next two weeks meet all formation commanders and county commanders in the spirit of consultation. Nobody used to rationalize what they are directed to do. But all that is set to change."

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