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Through a Gazette notice, the ministry barred trucks from using a section of Mombasa-Changamwe and Jomvu highway. The move was informed by the need to boost the Mombasa County Government’s push to enhance business in the town.
As expected, however, some disgruntled elements are opposing these measures, with the usual excuses which some people have perfected over the years.
They are alleging that the new routes are in deplorable conditions. Taking advantage of the Bill of Rights as enshrined in the Constitution, some truck drivers are still using the route designated for small cars and PSVs headed to the airport.
These self-seekers seem to forget that their rights end where the rights of other people begin.
As it were, the police have every right to implement the new rules as gazetted. In fact, they should arrest and charge truck drivers who are inconveniencing the public.
And while at it, isn’t it time that traffic police acted to ensure Kenyan roads are safe?
Recently, Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau gazetted new Axle Load rules, effectively harmonising the EAC regulation on the same.
Now that trucks can carry up to 56 tonnes, why aren’t the Kenya Transporters Association lauding the government on the same? Or are they looking for new excuses to keep the public busy?
With the new measures as gazetted by Mr Kamau, we expect all to fully comply.
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and other road agencies’ role is to provide technical and logistical support in the process.
The police are supposed to ensure that all vehicles comply, besides arresting offending drivers.
In fact, the KeNHA mandate explicitly singles out Axle Load Control as one of its major functions as the custodian of the construction and maintenance of highways in Kenya.
The import of the above is that adherence of recommended axle load limit is not an option. It is a must, if the current good road network at our disposal is to be maintained.
The above notwithstanding, nobody has a right to block the free movement of traffic in any part of the country, whatever the circumstances.
Unless the truck drivers and their owners are oblivious of the new Traffic Act, and the consequences thereof, there is no justification for their latest actions.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland