19-01-2018 by redazione
Only yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Paul Maringa, announced that within two weeks the government would withdraw the nightly ban on public transport on Kenya's roads.
In the evening, on the other hand, a communication was received from the High Court of Nairobi, which accepted an appeal by a civil rights organisation, suspending the National Traffic Security Authority's order, which from 31 December had blocked public transport from 7 pm to 7 am.
From yesterday night onwards, therefore, buses and matatu have resumed travelling in the dark and will do so at least until 12 February, the date of the hearing of the dispute.
The night travel ban had been imposed sine die after the last tragic night accident near Eldoret, in northern Kenya, where 36 people perished.
In these first two weeks, road accidents have fallen considerably since a sad record level was reached in 2017.
According to the Ministry, the awareness-raising campaign on Kenyan motorists is bearing fruit and several meetings have been held with representatives of transport companies and public transport unions.
"There are rules that will be respected - explained Maringa - against tight controls, more efficient than before".
Above all, however, it will be the bus and matatu companies themselves that will have to warn their drivers against future risks, in fact, if we were to repeat a month like last December, the ban on night traffic will become fixed and irrevocable.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
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