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40, 000 traffic offenders arrested in crackdown – Matiang’i

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Some 40,000 traffic offenders have been arrested since the start of a government crackdown on non-compliant vehicles.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said those arrested included PSV operators, private cars and people found ferrying contraband goods.

The CS spoke on Wednesday during a meeting with public transport stakeholders at Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

He said all stakeholders are to blame for the mess in the transport sector.

“We ask Kenyans to report police found taking bribes. Let them also inform us of the regulatory agencies that are not doing the right thing,” Matiang’i said.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho said 3,000 deaths have been reported this year on Kenyan roads, the majority involving public service vehicles.

His Transport counterpart Esther Koimet said boda boda riders cause many accidents because they do not observe traffic rules.

Koimet accused the police of taking bribes instead of arresting drivers of unroadworthy vehicles.

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Transport CS James Macharia said they will listen to stakeholders so as to protect investors.

PSV operators accused the police of extortion. They also said the flooding of the market with fake spare parts compromised safety.

They said state agencies had failed to wipe out contraband in the market.

 “There are many fake spare parts in this country. Unscrupulous traders buy fake accessories in China, Taiwan and other places. Safety is not only about the roads,” Wilson Kimani, who represented the matatus’ welfare, said. 

Interior CAS Patrick Ntutu, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, DIG Edward Mbugua and NTSA boss Francis Meja were present.

Others were Insurance Regulatory Authority, Matatu Owners Association and Matatu Welfare Association officials.

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