Gov't finally explains why instant traffic fines have not been implemented

Minor traffic violations are supposed to be fined and paid for on the spot

File image of a traffic police officer arresting a matatu operator

Lack of a collection system is to blame for the delayed implementation of instant traffic fines, government has explained.

National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Director General Francis Meja explained that the authority is yet to set up a system through which the fines will be collected.

"We are still working on a system to enable implementation of the payment before we can roll out instant fine on minor traffic offences," Meja stated, adding that the system will have to be developed, tested and secured before it is rolled out.

Fines range between Sh500 and Sh10,000

In September 2018, the courts allowed traffic police to impose fines payable on the spot for offenses such as talking on phone while driving or exceeding speed limits.

High Court Judge John Mativo further directed that the system should be automated to prevent opportunities for corruption.

Once implemented, road users will be allowed to pay the fine directly if they accept the charge against them or pay an instant bail as they wait for their day in court.

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