In Summary
  • The ministries of the Interior, ICT and Transport have set up a task force that is expected to come up with the new rules.
  • Instant fines must never be paid in cash but by mobile money, within 24 hours or the offenders’ cars are impounded to enforce compliance.

The planned introduction of instant fines for minor traffic offences in the next 30 days is a laudable move.

The current system is time-wasting and prone to bribery and extortion. There is no good reason for petty offenders to be arrested on the road, detained and later hauled to court, clogging a judicial system that has for years been reeling under the burden of a backlog of cases.

For motorists who have had nasty encounters with the police and spent, sometimes, the whole day in court, the convenience of the instant fines is worthwhile.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said this is a way of enhancing the judicial process and reducing the number of suspects in remand over traffic offences.

CORRUPTION

We fully agree with Dr Matiang’i that it does not make economic sense to keep up to 6,000 people in remand and feed them as they wait to be tried and fined little amounts of money.

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