Nairobi riders being arrested for overlapping last two days…be aware!

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Nairobi riders being arrested for overlapping last two days…be aware!


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  1. Ok, two friends of mine arrested in two days near silver springs roundabout and lots of bikes being taken away…from what I understand per Kilimani police Chief, you MAY overtake or split lanes IF there is plent of space (ie Ngong rd) However, if you are snaking through traffic and obstructing the progress of traffic in ANY way such as at a roundabout, you are in violation. It is a fine line, but when you turn driving into a chess match of power plays (like matatus do) and making others wait, you deserve getting spanked.

  2. Actually a cop was trying to stop me yesterday at the Silver Springs round about..I just rode off. I asked a pal and he confirmed that weaving in-between moving traffic was construed as obstruction, plus the cops can also book you when sharing a lane esp at a round about – that is instead of stopping in front or behind another car. If I’m not wrong, where it’s legal, lane splitting is allowed in stand still traffic, because in moving traffic a biker cruising in-between is actually obstructing cars that want to switch lanes. If you get knocked I’m sure the biker will be at fault and will lose in more ways than one.

  3. @ Sean. I am not surprised you can’t find specific references in the traffic act. The police must be evolving the conditions as they try to come to terms with challenge of managing all this new motorcycle traffic. Thanks to Nate and Brian we are more enlightened about the new requirements. The boda boda guys especially can be a real nuisance with their antics and hopefully they will become more disciplined.

  4. DRIVING WITHOUT DUE CARE AND ATTENTION
    SECTION 47 AND SECTION 49 (1)
    Any person who drives a motor vehicle on a road recklessly or at a speed or in a manner which is
    dangerous to the public will be liable on a first conviction to a fine not exceeding Kenya Shillings one
    hundred thousand (K.Shs 100,000/=) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years and for
    a second or subsequent conviction to a fine not exceeding Kenya Shillings three hundred thousand
    (K.Shs 300,000/=) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year and the Court may exercise
    its discretion to cancel the driving / provisional license and disqualify the driver from obtaining a
    licence for a period of two years.
    Any person who drives a motor vehicle on a road without due care and attention or without
    reasonable consideration for other persons using the road shall be guilty for a first offence to a term
    of imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding Kenya Shillings one hundred
    thousand (K.Shs 100,000/=) and for a second or subsequent office shall be liable to a term of
    imprisonment not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding Kenya Shillings two hundred
    thousand (K.Shs 200,000/=). The Court may exercise its power to suspend the driving / provisional
    licence or disqualify the person from obtaining a driving licence for a period of twelve months.