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October 18, 2018

Three counties lead in motorcycle accidents

Corporal Purity Marete examines the matatu that collided with a motorcycle in Murengeti on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, killing rider Jacob Gitau and his pillion passenger John Mbuthi on April 18, 2015 /GEORGE MUGO
Corporal Purity Marete examines the matatu that collided with a motorcycle in Murengeti on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, killing rider Jacob Gitau and his pillion passenger John Mbuthi on April 18, 2015 /GEORGE MUGO

Bungoma, Nairobi and Nakuru have been named as the counties that lead in motorcycle accidents.

The National Transport and Safety Authority yesterday said the high number of accidents is mainly caused by operators who are not trained.

This emerged at the end of a two-day workshop for the County Transport and Safety committees at the Lake Naivasha Country Club.

 NTSA director general Francis Meja said although the number of road accidents has dropped this year, fatal accidents involving cyclists are still high. 

He said by the end of last week, 147 motorcyclists had died in road accidents this year. In the same period last year, 151 motorcyclists had died. Those seriously injured this year are 176. Last year in the same period, 180 had been seriously injured.

“The number of accidents involving motorcycle operators is still high and we have engaged the County Transport and Safety committees in addressing this,” Meja said.

He said the accidents were affecting the county budgets as the injured patients are taken to hospitals managed by the county governments.

Meja urged the county governments to work with the NTSA in training the motorcyclists. “The motorcycle sector has turned out to be one of the leading employers, but there is need to work closely with the county governments to enhance safety,” he said.

Meja said the authority is concerned about the mushrooming of structures on major roads countrywide. He said this has affected motorists’ visibility, leading to fatal accidents. 

Meja urged the county governments to demolish these structures.  “The county governments are responsible for issuing licences and approving structures and should thus move with haste and deal with the mushrooming structures,” he said.

NTSA board chairman Joseph Waweru said the County Transport and Safety committees have been mandated to ensure road safety in their respective areas.

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