Motorists who commit minor traffic offences such as talking on the phone while driving or exceeding speed limits will from Wednesday pay instant fines of between Sh. 500 and Sh.10,000. This follows the publishing of the instant penalties in the Kenya Gazette by the Transport minister.
Motorists found exceeding speed limits will pay fines ranging from Sh.500 to Sh.10,000. Traffic Amendments Act 2014 states that motorists will be fined Sh.10,000 if found driving 5-10 kph above speed limits.
Offenders will pay Sh.15,000 for driving 11-20 kph above the limit, Sh.20,000 for exceeding the limit by 21-20kph and Sh.25,000 for exceeding by 31kph.
Failure to fit passenger vehicles with speed governors will attract a Sh.10,000 fine while passengers travelling in a vehicle with seat belts but who fail to fasten them will be charged Sh. 500.
Some of the minor offences are:
1. Driving without identification plates – Sh10,000.
2. Failure of driver to conform to indications on any traffic sign- Sh3,000
3. Failure to stop when required to by police officer in uniform – Sh5,000
4. Failure to obey any directions given, whether verbally or by signal, by a police officer in uniform in the execution of their duty – Sh3,000.
5. Driving without a valid licence endorsement in respect of the class of the vehicle – Sh7,000.
6. Failure to review the drivers licence – Sh1,000
7. Failure to carry reflective/warning sign – Sh2,000
8. Failure to wear seat belt while motor vehicle is in motion – Sh500
9. Driving PSV while being unqualified – Sh7,000
10. The driver of a motor omnibus or matatu picking or setting down passengers in a place that not authorised as a bus stop or terminal – Sh3,000
11. Touting – Sh3,000
12. Travelling with part of the body outside moving vehicle – Sh1,000
13. A passenger alighting at an unauthorised bus stop or terminal – Sh1,000
14. Failure to fit prescribed speed – Sh10,000
15. Failure of a conductor to keep seat belts in a clean, dry and generally wearable condition – Sh2,000