Traffic gridlocks stifle economic growth
Approach any urbanite and ask him or her to list top three nightmares associated with living in a big city.
By Tony Ngare 8 years ago
Traffic gridlocks stifle economic growth
Have the right information to be safe
Failure to have all these items in the car would put me at loggerheads with law enforcement and regulatory authorities, the message poignantly warned.
By Tony Ngare 8 years ago
Have the right information to be safe
Pedestrians too need to obey traffic rules
More Kenyans have so far died in road accidents this year than the whole of last year, according to statistics from the National Transport and Safety Authority.
By Tony Ngare 8 years ago
Pedestrians too need to obey traffic rules
Motoring lessons from Obama weekend
The euphoria over the visit by US President Barack Obama is over and normal services which can as well be traffic gridlocks have resumed.
By Tony Ngare 8 years ago
Motoring lessons from Obama weekend
Multiple joys for double cab owners
The Government’s announcement that double cab pick-up trucks will no longer be categorised as commercial vehicles is a welcome relief to many.
By Tony Ngare 8 years ago
Multiple joys for double cab owners
School buses too must follow rules
In the past few weeks, Embakasi has been in the news for all the wrong reasons as far as transport matters are concerned.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
School buses too must follow rules
Age will soon be a painful number
They say age is nothing but a number, but try telling that to the Treasury mandarins on vehicle importation.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Age will soon be a painful number
High taxes driving motorists up the wall
Since independence, every finance minister has found taxing motorists irresistible. It is like that pretty girl in the front pew in church.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
High taxes driving motorists up the wall
Probox kills image but drives business
Image is everything, it is said, but I want to think that does not apply when you are behind the wheel of a Toyota Probox.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Probox kills image but drives business
Insurer’s fiat exposes its lack of thought
The recent declaration by certain insurance firm that it would not cover BMWs and Subarus valued below Sh 1.5M is not only laughable, but also callous.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Insurer’s fiat exposes its lack of thought
Two-wheeler terror must be neutralised
As if that is not enough, in the last couple of months, boda boda riders have been captured on CCTV cameras abetting felonies by offering a quick getaway from the crime scene.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Two-wheeler terror must be neutralised
Bid to have durable roads laudable
The scheme requires successful contractors to seek ways to finance the construction of roads once they win bids and most importantly maintain these roads once they have constructed them.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Bid to have durable roads laudable
Nairobi has wide roads and narrow minds
Lately, Nairobi motorists have had to endure all manner of sufferings. From stifling traffic gridlocks to potholes, Alco blow and petty thieves who have forced us to chainside mirrors to car doors.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Nairobi has wide roads and narrow minds
Solution to gridlocks is just a mirage
The government of Nairobi City County needs to table long-term traffic solutions because its current experiments are just not working.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Solution to gridlocks is just a mirage
Lost and never found at Kenyan airports
A couple of years ago, I watched on YouTube as a scraggy chap was caught on a certain airport’s CCTV helping himself to a good wrist watch at the security screening.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Lost and never found at Kenyan airports
A round about way of dealing with gridlocks
On Monday, Nairobians woke up to new changes to traffic flow along many roads, making their morning ride anything but smooth.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
A round about way of dealing with gridlocks
Kidero ‘talked the walk’ and annoyed voters
Now that is Palm Sunday, how about we start our Sunday Ride a bit spiritually by walking the talk like Jesus did to take to save humanity.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Kidero ‘talked the walk’ and annoyed voters
Officers’ morning activity driven by selfish interests
In a bid to enhance performance and service delivery in the public sector, the government introduced performance contracts some years ago.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Officers’ morning activity driven by selfish interests
Two-wheelers are irritants
Last Friday, I had a business lunch with my brother-in-law.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Two-wheelers are irritants
Adding fuel to the raging fuel price debate
Since the world market price of crude oil began its downward trend six months ago, there have been calls on government to reduce the retail prices of petroleum products.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Adding fuel to the raging fuel price debate
We should pray for all motorists this season
As another year passes by, a lot of people will be making their New Year resolutions.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
We should pray for all motorists this season
We should stop skirting around road safety issues
The debate about the length of the dress has dominated interaction on new media sites as well as occupied acres of spaces in the traditional media platforms. Not that I expected it to go away so soon, but the rate at which it is gaining notoriety is alarming.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
We should stop skirting around road safety issues
Executive fiat gives 14-seaters new lease of life
Earlier this month, the President confounded both friend and foe when he lifted a blanket ban on licensing of 14-seater Passenger Service Vehicles for long distances and rural areas.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Executive fiat gives 14-seaters new lease of life
Tax amnesty offer will be driven off the road
Some months, the President visited the United States and promised many things to Kenyans living there and announced that they would be allowed to bring in right-hand drive vehicles duty-free starting this month.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Tax amnesty offer will be driven off the road
The Mobius will have an uphill task
The big news in the motoring industry last week was about the entry of Mobius car, a model currently being assembled at Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers in Thika.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
The Mobius will have an uphill task
Weep not motorist, you are a hero too
Early this week, we celebrated Mashujaa Day in an elaborate ceremony.
By By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Weep not motorist, you are a hero too
Directive will cause dents in motorists' pockets
Any economist will tell you that one of the big ingredients of contributing to national growth and development is consumption.
By By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Directive will cause dents in motorists' pockets
Frequent car upgrading as a status symbol
In Kenya, a car is no longer a convenient tool to move from point A to B. It is a statement symbol.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Frequent car upgrading as a status symbol
Cars, unfortunately do not age like wine
In this competitive world of winners and losers, one man’s gain is usually another man’s cost. A notable exception is good vehicle maintenance.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Cars, unfortunately do not age like wine
Peculiar Kenyans buy numbers, not new cars
Some years back, a corporate honcho remarked that Kenyans’ have peculiar calling habits. That did not go down well with most of us. We felt insulted by the very company that we were spending lots of cash on so that we could be in touch with family and friends.
By Tony Ngare 9 years ago
Peculiar Kenyans buy numbers, not new cars
Real cars have three pedals
An automatic transmission is a fine accessory — if you consider the application of concealer a vital part of your daily routine. Automatic transmission vehicles are for those who find driving a confusing task; those who need to focus 100 per cent on pushing one pedal, but, unfortunately, find themselves frequently distracted by things like cell phones, makeup, favourite food items, and shiny things.
By Tony Ngare 10 years ago
Real cars have three pedals
A little road courtesy goes a long way
There isn’t a single page in the Highway Code dealing with the unwritten rules of the road (otherwise, they would not be unwritten).
By TONY NGARE 10 years ago
 A little road courtesy goes a long way
A litany on litter
People who throw litter out of car windows are imbeciles. Recently, someone tossed a banana peel out of a car window, and it landed on my friend’s windscreen. On a day with poor visibility, such an incident could easily cause an accident.
By TONY NGARE 10 years ago
A litany on litter
“Lady driven or taken for a ride?”
“The fact that ‘lady-driven’ is still a selling point for used cars in this country is not only sexist, but also illogical. Do potential buyers really think that a car driven by a woman will somehow be in better condition than if a man had driven it?
By TONY NGARE 10 years ago
“Lady driven or taken for a ride?”
It’s official; women can’t drive
A study conducted by the University of Michigan has determined that women get into more accidents than men, even though they drive less. They probably account for a good 10 per cent of the accidents involving men at the wheel, while nagging from the passenger’s seat.
By TONY NGARE 10 years ago
It’s official; women can’t drive
ABCs of female motoring
Female motoring is a complicated affair. One would think driving is as simple as getting into the car, turning on the ignition and driving off, but it is not so for our dear sisters.
By TONY NGARE 10 years ago
ABCs of female motoring
Washed and cleaned out
Going by the number of vehicles on our roads, there are some categories of service in the motor industry that are doing roaring business. One of them must be the car washing business.
By TONY NGARE 10 years ago
Washed and cleaned out
Dealing a blow to Alcoblow
The innovation is simply out of this world when it comes to entrepreneurship, evading taxation and, the latest fad, evading the dreaded Alcoblow breathalyser screening.
By TONY NGARE 10 years ago
Dealing a blow to Alcoblow
Car yard crooks can drive you to despair
Every couple of years, we find ourselves having to buy a new car, either to upgrade or for practical reasons.
By Tony Ngare 10 years ago
Car yard crooks can drive you to despair
Lunatics on our roads
If you are a regular driver in any of the country’s major towns, no doubt you have encountered a good number of profoundly selfish and senseless drivers who make the roads a harder place to be.
By By Tony Ngare 10 years ago
Lunatics on our roads
Inside State's brewing battle with manufacturers over incentives
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