Traffic police boss issues stern warning over careless driving and ‘Probox’ matatus

By James Wakahiu
Traffic commandant Samuel Kimaru has issued a stern warning to matatu drivers who break traffic rules with impunity.
 He at the same time said it was illegal to use the popular Probox cars as matatus.

  Mr Kimaru said 85 per cent of deaths on the roads, were caused by matatu drivers through careless driving, speeding and “stupid overtaking”.
 Addressing members of Mount Kenya Matatu Owners Association at Thika Clavers Hotel, the traffic boss said road carnage has since the beginning of the year, claimed the lives of 1,300 people with 85 per cent of the deaths being caused by matatu. Out of the 235 were from central Kenya, with 30 being on the Thika superhighway.
 The traffic boss warned that police would be hard on matatu drivers who caused obstruction, in particular on the superhighway.
Saying it was illegal to use the popular Probox cars as matatus, Mr Kimaru said such cars should instead be used as taxis, and only if licensed to carry out the business.
 Those who attended the meeting, included Mount Kenya Matatu Owners Association chairman Michael Kariuki, and his vice chairman.