Coastweek -- We
have now had a week of the work being undertaken to normalise
the matatu and boda boda service industry so, let us take stock
of what has been achieved in that time,
writes TETI KAMUGUNDA.
also remember that the increased presence of enforcement
agencies on the road meant that other areas that needed
enforcement were not to be forgotten.
motorists were also under scrutiny and many were caught napping
in the belief that the focus would be on public service vehicles
rather than on private vehicles and general road use as well.
has seen a large number of arrests and arraignment in court.
numbers are in excess of eleven thousand and most have been the
users of public service vehicles and normal motorists rather
than the operators of the public service vehicles.
offences were not using seat belts, crossing the road at the
wrong place or under dangerous circumstances or conditions.
offences included speeding, defective vehicles and
non-functioning items as well as lack of documentation such as
licenses, insurances and so forth.
this expected avalanche of cases appearing in court, the
Judiciary were not left behind in their planning.
added additional payment methods and also set up additional
payment points so that once one was fined then the courts time
was released for the next case as the court orderlies ensured
that the fine was paid.
then one was brought quickly back and given the standard
custodial sentence and taken away.
adding these measures, the courts were able to handle double the
number of cases that it would normally handle.
had said in an earlier article and on many occasions over the
last decade or more, enforcing of vehicle standards and getting
compliance to the paperwork is only the tip of the iceberg in
terms of improving the safety of our roads.
we are seeing the fourteen seater matatus with the solid yellow
line draped around the middle as opposed to the dotted yellow
line of before.
graffiti that has been a great feature of matatus is being
replaced gradually with simple caricatures and scenes on the
bodywork of matatus.
obvious wish in doing this was that one would be able to tell
from a fair distance as to whether the vehicle approaching was a
matatu and prepare themselves.
rule was to benefit the cops and make it easier for them to do
Unfortunately this would make the matatus easier to spot.
is being followed and almost all fourteen seater matatus have
the solid yellow line around them.
the larger thirty two seater buses which are also supposed to
comply with the same rules have not yet done so and looking at
them around the country, it seems that they are developing their
own way of complying without having to put a solid yellow line
around the belly of the bus.
creating a kind of “Nike swoosh” on the two sides of the bus in
a colour that is certainly not yellow but some whiter shade of
pale, and then writing the name of the SACCO or franchise they
belong to in the middle of the swoosh.
seem to be filling a vacuum that has been created by the
responsible agencies who have not fully defined what compliance
would look like.
need to get very granular with what compliance would look like
and do it quickly so that the operators can at least have time
to comply with the expectations.
example is anything to go by then the agencies have designed to
fail as the workarounds will settle in and then the operators
will have an upper hand in that they will begin to call the
shots where they find gaps in the legislation or rules and the
agencies will follow.
move to get the hardware right – and this is a very visible
manifestation of the battle that the agencies have started to
fight – it is important that the Cabinet Secretaries who are
involve in the Inter-ministerial task force to already be
working out how they will enforce the softer issues on road
safety and begin to design the messaging that will go with this
the longer part of the change journey and it has to be properly
and cleverly designed so it can last the long journey and also
be adaptable as the changes designed could result in unexpected
those outcomes are already visible for the shorter journey.
be in it for the long haul and be adaptable to changing methods
as our population reacts – sometimes in ways we would least
necessary develop easy mechanisms that encourage participation
Kachumbari says, it’s the people that matter not the matter!
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