THE CUTTING EDGE

Sunday January 14 2018

THE SOLUTION: The solution to the rising road carnage, Isaac Emukule says, is a drastic reorganisation of the transport sector. Instead of banning night bus travel, Isaac is proposing that the government go the whole hog by cancelling the licensing of public service vehicles. In their place, he adds, the government should then run the transport industry. He is convinced that the government will not make mistakes like the private individuals, whose inept management of public transport sector is a major contributor to the slaughter on the roads. His contact is [email protected]

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TIME VEHICLES: In the1960s and 1970s, “before the tragic introduction of matatus in the public transport system, buses had to strictly observe a timetable, says Prof Maina Muchara. Movement from one town to the next was timed according to distance and maximum speed allowed and government inspectors enforced this. “Instead of banning night travel, why not license only 52-seaters and above for long distance travel and manage them using timetables to be signed every 100km and a carbon copy retained? Of course, hard work is needed, but saving lives is crucial.” His contact is [email protected]
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THE SALGAA RIDDLE: The Kenya National Highways Authority needs to unravel why Salgaa on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway has become so prone to fatal road accidents, says David Murai Nganga. The officials, he proposes, “should even drive from Nairobi and try to find out what informs the drivers’ decision-making on reaching Salgaa. This should be repeated on the other side to have a feel or the state of mind of the drivers when they reach the spot. “If it’s exhaustion, they should consider having  several stopovers for all PSV drivers. This will reduce driver fatigue.” His contact is [email protected]

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WHO WILL APPLY BREAKS?: As a frequent traveller in Nyanza and the  South Rift,  Henry Lisesge is disturbed about the speeds done by the drivers of matatus and and Totota Probox vehicles, especially on the Kisii, Migori, Bomet, Homa Bay and Kisumu routes. UntiI President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered NTSA staff off the roads recently, Henry says, he had never witnessed any arrests of PSV drivers doing between 110kmh and 130u200Ekmh. “It is worse when two or more of the  so-called matatu “choppers” are competing for passengers. Who will restore sanity to these routes?” His contact is [email protected]

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ORANGE NETWORK: The people of Mandera who subscribe to Orange Telkom have a story tell after experiencing network problems for the last several days, Swedish national Svensson Belly moans. In the past six months, he moans, it has been very difficult to get the Orange network. “The word ‘Roaming’ appears and yet one cannot call, browse or receive a call. When you dial 100, you been attended to by a Somali-speaking recorded voice. On behalf of  all Mandera, may I take this opportunity to ask Telkom Kenya to look into this problem and fix it once and for all.” His contact is [email protected]

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TRAIN RIDE IS COSTLY: The investment in the new standard gauge railway, Mansukh Shah says, has not made his life and those of others any easier. Travelling to Mombasa from Nairobi is just too dear, he moans. “Two weeks before travel, one has to take a cab (Sh1,500 and two hours) to book a ticket (Sh700). On the day of travel, one  pays (Sh1,500). Once in Mombasa, one pays Sh1,500 to the town centre. The total is Sh5,200 and eight hours. “A flight from Wilson Airport, Nairobi, would be cheaper and faster. But the bus remains good for between Sh1,200 and Sh1,400. His contact is  [email protected]

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COURTESY IS THE WORD: There’s a simple act that will enhance the driving culture and yet it will not cost motorists anything, remarks Mic Waliuba. Every driver fully exercising courtesy to others, he explains, is the way to go. “The flipside is that bullies must be called out and shamed or prosecuted. I am always amused when I give way and more often than not, the other driver simply refuses to acknowledge the fact, driving off with a wooden expression on the face. We really must improve our road manners – how we treat one another on the road.” His contact is [email protected]

Have a courteous day, won’t you!