Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has clarified the enforcement of the new traffic rules announced by Inspector-General (IG) of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
The IG had directed that during this festive season, excess travellers in public transport would be punished for breaking traffic rules if found.
Mutyambai warned that the excess travellers would be offloaded and arrested and the drivers allowed proceed to with their journey.
But Haji said in a statement that would expose commuters to police harassment, including the extortion of bribes.
In a letter addressed to Mutyambai, the DPP said that PSV, whose driver disobeys road rules should be arrested alongside the owner, and the conductor.
The State prosecutor advised officers on the roads to have secret cameras that would enable them to gather and have concrete evidence in courts.
Haji has also told Kenyans that they should only pay a fine not exceeding Ksh500 if caught flouting traffic rules.
The Office of the DPP called for tighter inspection on the roads throughout the year rather than only during festivities.
Drivers and conductors have registered their disappointment this season, saying the new traffic rules spell doom for them.
“Don’t expect an officer to order a traveller out without targeting the driver and the conductor. They must harass you so that you bribe them,” a driver said.
Police checks have caused snarl-ups on the busy roads across the country.