‘Traffic offences: A case for Instant fines’
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
-Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings
Life, especially on the road, is extremely precarious. That brings to mind all the various offences that can be committed by motorists, albeit unwittingly. Road offences range from, but are not limited to ‘speeding, obstruction, reckless driving, speaking on your mobile phone’ an exhaustive list would run into the hundreds.
The penalties for these violations could result in hefty fines, or unseen jail terms, that draw you out of your daily life. As if the prospect of a jail term is not bad enough, the prospect of losing your driver’s licences looms heavy. The loss of your Driving Licence which represents your livelihood through endorsements in demerit points. Did you know for instance, that a mandatory eye test is required for licensed drivers every three years? And that if one fails the test, then they could have their license withdrawn?
With this in mind, you need to make yourself aware of these traffic offences, in order to avoid all these drawbacks. For this, we recommend the Traffic Law Handbook. An indispensable guide for all motorists and road users alike. It includes the offences found in the 2012 amendments to the Traffic Act. Chapter 403 in the Laws of Kenya.
Here is a small preview of what you can expect to find in this handbook.
1. Number plates: When you sell your vehicle, you should surrender the number plates to the registrar of motor vehicles. Remember to surrender the number plates to the registrar otherwise you risk being arrested and fined
2. Overlapping, undertaking, obstruction, driving on pavement or through a petrol station to avoid traffic: You risk a fine of Kshs 100,000 -300,000 or one year in jail or BOTH
3. Over speeding: When you over speed, you risk a fine of Kshs 10,000 or 3 months imprisonment or both
4. Careless Driving: Penalty of Ksh 500,000 or 10 years imprisonment or both
5. Careless driving causing death: Life Imprisonment. This is being treated like murder.
6. Motor Cycle operators: ONE PASSENGER only and the passenger and rider must be in reflective vests and helmets – otherwise you risk a fine of Kshs 10,000 and in default 12 months imprisonment
Retailing at KSh. 250 The Traffic Handbook Is available at all Text Book Centre branches. You can also buy it online via this link