Governor seeks partnerships to curb road accidents

The Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui says there is need to establish mutual partnerships with key players in the transport sector with a view to curbing the large number of accidents on the Kenyan roads.

The Governor on Friday noted that the Northern Corridor that transverses the vast Nakuru County had earned a name for hosting several notorious black spots, citing Kinungi, Mbaruk, Salgaa as some of the most common.

He said that his government would work with the National Transport and safety Authority (NTSA), Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and other stakeholders with a view to reducing road accidents.

He added that his government would establish several wellness centres along the major highway to ensure that accident victims were attended to promptly by qualified personnel.

In this regard, the County Government would partner with the Kenya Red Cross and St. Johns Ambulance in a programme that hopes to also cater for travelers who fall ill while traveling.

Kinyanjui said that he would use his experiences as the Chairman of NTSA to fast-track programmes aimed at reducing road accidents.

He further said that the County Government would seek long term solutions to sections of the Northern Corridor that had been named black spots and would soon be engaging players to identify corrective measures.

In his remarks, NTSA Director General, Francis Meja said that accident statistics had dropped by 10 per cent last year and was optimistic that the rates would continue dropping.

He said that the progress was not satisfactory yet as the Authority seeks to ensure the numbers fall significantly by engaging stakeholders and holding public awareness forums for road users.

Meja noted that fatal accidents were of major concern and identified Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos and Nakuru as the towns with the highest number of accidents in the country.

He attributed the large numbers to the presence of major highways in those towns and huge traffic numbers.

The Director General noted that road safety was not the preserve of NTSA but required partnerships with all stakeholders.

He said that he was seeking partnerships with County Governments whom they have identified as major stakeholders in the transport sector.

On the issue of electronic stickers, the Director General clarified that the implementation had not been suspended but was currently going on in phases.

He said that the first phase, which was rolled out on 1st July, targeted at all new vehicles was already ongoing.

The Second Phase was targeted at all vehicles going for inspection and is ongoing.

He added that the Third Phase would be implemented next year when all vehicles would have to purchase the sticker as they renewed their annual insurance covers.

Source: Kenya News Agency