Drivers to Remain in Their cars During Police Checks in a Newly Proposed Amendment

Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina is set to propose an amendment to the traffic act to require all Vehicles to be fitted with cameras so that drivers remain in their cars at all times during police checks.

Ledama argues that police are prohibited from entering private cars.

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He has also said that he will propose an amendment to the insurance act to require all private and public vehicles to be fitted with cameras with continuous recording to guard against fraudulent claims, to be used as evidence, as well as help in determining the causes of accidents in Kenya.

His proposal comes moments after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji issuing a request that required traffic police to be fitted with body-cams.

This, according to Haji will enable acquisition of evidence in case of any complains.

He urged Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to provide traffic police officers with body cameras to assist in investigations in the case of road violations.

DPP Haji issued the directive following uproar about traffic charges being preferred against excess passengers traveling in Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) during the festive season.

According to the Traffic Act Cap, the driver, conductor and owner of a PSV that carries excess passengers are – upon conviction – liable to a fine not exceeding Ksh.20,000 and an additional Ksh.5,000 for each person in excess of the licensed capacity.

DPP Haji, in the letter to IG Mutyambai, however said excess passengers should first be requested to alight first and may only be charged if they decline to comply with the order of a police officer or of the owner, driver or conductor of the PSV.


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