Alarm over tampering of digital speed governors by PSVs
NTSA Road Safety Director Matthew Munyao (left) and another NTSA officer
inspect a speed governor fitted on a PSV at Railways bus terminal in Nakuru
town on December 9, last year. Matatu crew are tampering with the devices.
[PHOTO: KIPSANG JOSEPH/STANDARD]
SEE ALSO :Photos: CS Matiang’i inspects PSVsBut it is now apparent that operators are working in cahoots with experienced technicians to tamper with the safety gadgets. Our week long investigations revealed that the technicians are minting thousands of shillings daily from operators who want the gadget tampered with. The technicians charge between Sh2,500 and Sh3,500 per vehicle to show the crew how to reactivate the safety device if they sense danger of arrest along the highways. The technicians insert an empty memory card into the speed censor to re-configure the safety device. Once the devise is disabled, it remains irrelevant as all the recorded details in the past 72 hours are erased. The matatu crews have also been taken through steps to reactivate the gadgets through switching off the engine and removing the power terminals from the vehicle battery for five minutes. Drivers found contravening the law are fined at least Sh20,000, but most prefer to part with Sh10,000 as bribes to errant police officers. NTSA Road Safety Director Mathew Munyao said he was aware that some of the devices have been tampered with but there are mechanisms to recapture the lost data.
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