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Murkomen announces compulsory installation of cameras in matatus & school Buses

Cameras will be installed both in the front and back of the vehicles to ensure comprehensive coverage.

Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen speaking during a past media briefing at Harambee House

Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen announced a series of proposed regulations to reduce the number of accidents.

These regulations announced during the prayers for victims of the Londiani accident on July 4, will require all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs), school buses, and vans to be equipped with dashboard cameras and vehicle telematics.

Telematics will provide a GPS system that shows the real-time location of vehicles and a black box recorder to transmit vehicle speed data.

Additionally, the system will record vehicle maintenance information, including service locations and personnel responsible.

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The CS emphasized that dashboard cameras must be linked to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) site.

All government ministries will have access to this service, enabling them to monitor the location of vehicles with just a touch of a button.

Cameras will be installed both in the front and back of the vehicles to ensure comprehensive coverage.

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To ensure the safety of passengers, all Matatu Saccos must integrate the new proposal in their cars to allow the system to provide real-time information on the location and speed of vehicles.

The program will also provide details about the driver operating the vehicle.

Regarding the cost of the dashboard cameras, CS Murkomen assured that the price will not exceed Sh30,000.

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Additionally, the Ministry aims to complete the implementation of these regulations within six months.

The CS expressed the intention to collaborate with Rwanda to harmonize inspection and driver licensing standards within the East Africa Community (EAC).

This measure aims to ensure consistent and uniform safety standards across all roads in the region.

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The move comes in response to the tragic incident at the Londiani junction, where a trailer with inspection issues in Rwanda was still allowed entry into Kenya.

CS Murkomen said the ministry is currently evaluating tenders for the installation of speed cameras along various roads.

These cameras, along with instant fines, will be introduced before the end of the year.

Motorists caught speeding will receive instant messages on their phones to pay the fines. Repeat offenders will face license revocation as a consequence.

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