Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kipchumba Murkomen is proposing new measures to address the high number of road accidents in the country.
Murkomen is advocating for the mandatory installation of dash cams and GPS trackers in all Public Service Vehicles (PSV) and school buses in the wake of the June 30 traffic tragedy that killed 52 people at Londiani Junction in Kericho County.
He emphasised the significance of these new laws in preventing future tragedies during a memorial service for the victims of the Londiani accident.
“We have decided as a ministry that we will issue new regulations. We want all commercial, PSV vehicles and school buses to be fitted with dashboard cameras and visual telematics,” he said.
Each vehicle’s location may be tracked in real time with the help of the planned GPS systems, and the black box recorder can communicate information about the vehicle’s speed, maintenance records, and service logs.
Murkomen further said that every matatu saccos will be given access to the programme hosting the system. Moreover, front and rear-facing cameras will be required in all cars for the purpose of monitoring drivers and passengers.
Cs Murkomen likened his proposal for mandated cameras in all vehicles to that of the late Minister John Michuki, who advocated for the installation of speed governors.
He emphasised that the price of these cameras is somewhat affordable, not surpassing Ksh.30,000 in total.
In addition to the camera and GPS requirements, Murkomen ordered the relocation of markets near road reserves to ensure the safety of traders in the event of an accident.
He had previously visited the location of the collision and advocated for a reassessment of local speed restrictions as well as the placement of speed bumps and signs.
Murkomen ordered his ministry’s departments including the National Safety and Transport Authority (NTSA) and the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to set up speed detection cameras in hotspot areas to assist police in enforcing traffic laws.