The Ministry of Transport is temporarily restricting the use of matatus on the recently completed expressway after a series of accidents to allow for the development of appropriate safety interventions.
The temporary restrictions will allow for investigation into the recent accidents and later ensure that commercial PSVs use the road safely.
“The Ministry of Transport has, therefore, taken the decision to temporarily restrict commercial passenger vehicle with a capacity of more than seven (7) passengers from using the Nairobi Expressway, as we investigate the cause of these accidents and develop appropriate safety measures,” says Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
“Since the Nairobi Expressway was opened to the public, a number of traffic accidents and incidents involving commercial passenger vehicles have occurred on the expressway. They have necessitated an investigation into the cause of these accidents and incidents, so that appropriate safety interventions can be developed and ensure that commercial passenger vehicles use the expressway safely.”
James Macharia clarifies that the temporary ban will only affect PSVs that ferry more than 7 passengers.
The government will also install speed limit cameras to curb over speeding, as well as install traffic police along the road, including toll stations. The maximum speed limit, in this case is 110km/h, or as marked on different parts of the Expressway. Failure to adhere to the speed limits will attract of up to Ksh 100,000.
The state will also install rubbers strips to alert motorists approaching toll gates.