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Police to second 200 officers to NTSA

By Cyrus Ombati | Published Wed, June 1st 2016 at 00:00, Updated May 31st 2016 at 22:47 GMT +3

Two hundred police officers will be seconded to the transport agency to help restore order and reduce road carnage.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has signed an agreement with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) that will see the officers seconded.

Mr Boinnet said the move will help achieve the common objective of a safe, reliable, efficient transport system and proper enforcement of traffic laws.

The police chief said the officers were making all efforts to reduce reckless driving and impunity.

“The officers seconded to NTSA will be vetted and those above the rank of inspector must have been cleared by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) vetting board,” he said.

NTSA Director General Francis Meja said road safety had become a serious concern not only to the Government but also the public because 85 per cent of accidents were attributed to human error.

“None of us is safe as long as we have drunk and reckless drivers on our roads,” he said, adding that impunity would not be tolerated. 

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Meja singled out boda boda operators as notorious in disrespecting traffic lights and flouting traffic regulations at will, saying they must obey traffic rules to prevent accidents.

Meja said collaboration between NTSA and police was crucial to restoring order, discipline and safety.

He said there were plans to establish a platform where the public can interact and freely share information with NTSA in order to rein on errant drivers and other motorists.

Boinnet said the synergy with other players such as the Judiciary, matatu industry especially Saccos and insurance firms among others will create a robust, effective and efficient traffic management system.

He stressed that those who were entrusted in this sensitive duty should be officers of high integrity and moral standing.

The officers who will qualify, he said, will be charged with checking speed limits, drunk driving and enforcing the NTSA Act besides operationalising instant fines in case of minor offences.

There have been complaints from police that NTSA went to operations without reinforcement and later ran for help whenever they were attacked by rogue drivers.


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