Kenya has witnessed horrific road accidents in the last few weeks that saw hundreds dead. A section of Kenyans has blamed reckless drivers.
One of the biggest accidents witnessed so far is the Pwani University incident last month. The Pwani University bus collided with a matatu at the Kayole Bridge on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and killed 18.
Also, at least 20 people, among them students, have perished on the roads in five days and this has been unsettling for Kenyans.
After a public uproar, Senators now want stringent measures taken against reckless drivers.
“The drivers who cause accidents should first be fined and eventually blacklisted from driving on the roads,” majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot said.
Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale reiterated the need to bring sanity to the transport sector and promised to table a bill to curb the Boda Boda menace in the country.
Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen on the other side Wednesday banned night travel for school buses.
“School transportation shall not be allowed to operate between 10 pm and 5 am in line with the Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2017, effective immediately,” he said.
For PSV and commercial drivers, Murkomen said they will be required to undergo a driving test every three years.
Do you think the new measures will help curb skyrocketing road accidents?
Meanwhile, here are stories making headlines on the Opera News today;
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John Ngumi: I got paid Sh415m for Telkom sale because I was the best
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