The Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2014

//The Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2014

The Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2014

PDFRoad crashes are a growing crisis in Kenya, as it currently ranks among countries with highest rate of road traffic crashes globally with an average of 3000

[1]. More than 75 of the road traffic casualties are economically productive young adults while pedestrians and passengers are the most vulnerable; they account for 80% of the deaths[2]. According to World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Status Report on Road Safety, road traffic injuries are the eighth leading cause of death globally for young people aged 15 years and below. The report further notes that more than a million die each year on the world’s roads.

The WHO forecasts that with the current trends, by 2030 road traffic crashes will become the fifth leading cause of death worldwide, unless urgent action is taken[3]. The vulnerable users e.g. pedestrians, elderly and children are particularly at a higher risk. This comes at a time, when 2 out of every 5 road accidents victims are reported to be children below 10 years, according to Kenya police traffic data[4].Kenya is experiencing a significant increase in number of children who are injured or die on their way to and from school hence urgent intervention is long overdue. It is in this backdrop that ILA together with its road safety partners sought to address this problem through a legislation focusing on this vulnerable group hence the Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2014.

The Bill entails:

  • Regulating the speed around learning institutions to thirty kilometres per hour and obligating the highway authority or the county government to put up/maintain traffic signs and ensure compliance.
  • The Amendment Bill seeks to introduce statutory penalties for offences relating to the specified speed limits, the penalties to be pegged on the level one exceeds the limit
  • The Bill further seeks to ensure safety of children when being transported to and from schools by introducing standard safety equipments, designs and safety structures.

 

Download the full Bill below

THE TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 2014

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