In Summary
  • The vehicles were on the road past 7pm, violating a travel ban.
  • But passengers said they were heading to their stopover in Nakuru but were delayed by a traffic jam.

Passengers travelling on Nakuru-Nairobi highway were stranded on Thursday evening when police impounded 13 passenger vehicles that had contravened the travel ban.

“Our officers arrested the drivers of the 13 vehicles who had contravened the night travel ban law for passenger service vehicles plying along the highway past 7 pm. The vehicles were also taken to Mwariki Police post pending clearance with police,” said Nakuru OCPD Samuel Obara.

DETAINED

The passengers had to spend their night in the vehicles after they were detained at Mwariki Police Post in Nakuru County.

Night travel ban.

A vehicle detained at Mwariki Police Post in Nakuru on January 12, 2018. It was impounded on January 11, 2018 for violating the night travel ban. PHOTO | JOSEPH OPENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Obara said the vehicles, including buses and shuttles, were travelling past the 7pm deadline along the route.

The passengers expressed their frustration at having to spend the cold night inside the bus at the police station.

Mr Justine Mwangi, a businessman who was travelling to Eldoret using the Greenline bus, said they left Nairobi at around 4pm and were hopping to spend the night at a stopover in Nakuru but the vehicle was impounded a few kilometres to Nakuru Town.

TRAFFIC JAM

He claims the bus was impounded at 8pm and held at the roadside before being taken to the police station more than three hours later.

“We are wondering why the bus had to be stopped at this point when were almost approaching the stopover. Did they want us to stop at the forest?” questioned Mr Mwangi.

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