Kenyan long distance truck drivers have called upon the National Transport and Safety Association (NTSA) to urgently investigate the high incidence of deaths of drivers.
The chairman of the Kenya Long Distance Truck Drivers Association, Roman Waema, said that they had filed petitions with the county legislators and the National Assembly, but nothing had been done about it.
Waema recalled that four drivers had been killed in a month time between Mtito Andei and Makindu townships on the Mombasa highway.
“Even our employers seem not to be concerned about our safety anymore even in our line of duty duty.”
Speaking to reporters at Jomvu area in Mombasa County today, 6th March, the drivers called upon the NTSA to review the ban on turn boys on transit, as this compromised their safety.
“We haven’t understood the puzzle of the ‘no-turn-boys’ rule’ by employers, when a majority of the youth of Kenya are jobless and wallowing in poverty.”
They also opposed the plan to set up toll stations along superhighways, stating that it would increase their operational costs and lead to sackings of some drivers.
Waema complained that truckers were witnessing horrendous traffic jams at the Gilgil and Webuye weighbridges, which, he claimed, indicated the Transport ministry’s inability to efficiently control traffic.