Private cars, heavy commercial vehicles lead in road accidents

Private cars and heavy commercial vehicles have surpassed Public Service Vehicles (PSV) in causing road accidents.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), Central Regional Deputy Manager, John Parteroi has said most of the accidents that have occurred in the last six months have been caused by private cars and heavy commercial vehicles.

Speaking during safety training for drivers of a Murang’a based Matatu Sacco on Saturday, Parteroi said accidents caused by PSV have gone down due to frequent training of drivers.

He said Matatu Sacco have been keen in monitoring their drivers since they are aware of repercussions they face when one of their vehicles gets involved in an accident.

Private cars drivers have been involved in numerous accidents due to carelessness and speeding and on the other side, heavy commercial vehicle drivers tend to engage gear free driving thus risking brake failure, Parteroi explained.

Some of the personal cars drivers, he added, were also driving when drunk thus risking losing control of their vehicles.

He divulged that systems which have been adopted by Sacco managements to monitor their vehicles have greatly led to reduction of road carnage.

Many of the Matatu Saccos have installed systems which monitor movement of their vehicles and through this they can identify a driver who is speeding, said the NTSA manager.

Meanwhile, he said, they will continue to arrest drunk drivers, saying their focus is on roads which have recorded more accidents.

We will not tire to monitor and arrest those who will be found driving while drunk as influence of alcohol has been a major cause of road accidents, he added.

In the month of August, according to statistics by NTSA, Murang’a County recorded five accidents which all involved private cars.

In the central region, same month, Kiambu County led in recording 20 accidents and while Kirinyaga County had only two accidents.

Speaking during the same occasion, MTN Matatu Sacco Secretary, Francis Manyeki lauded NTSA regulations, saying they have contributed to reduction of road accidents.

Manyeki said their Sacco drivers have undertaken vigorous training to ensure they observe road safety all the time.

My Sacco does not allow any driver to drive while drunk, and we have institutionalized our penal code to deal with indiscipline drivers, a move which has helped us to curb accidents, added the secretary.

Manyeki further urged the government to establish an inspection bay in Murang’a town to spare matatu owners hustles of seeking the services in the neighbouring counties.

We are forced to take our vehicles to Thika or Nyeri for inspection and we usually waste a lot of time since the inspection bays are always crowded, argued Manyeki.

Source: Kenya News Agency