A summary of the new traffic laws in Kenya effective immediately

Here is a summary of the
new traffic rules caused by
the Amendment of section
12 of Cap 403 of the laws
of Kenya. The president
signed the amendments on
9th october 2012 meaning they
are in operation from 10th october 2012.
1. Number plates:
When you sell your
vehicle, you should
surrender the
number plates to the
registrar of motor
vehicles. Remember
to surrender the
number plates to the
registrar otherwise
you risk being
arrested and fined
2. Overlapping,
obstruction, driving
on pavement or
through a petrol
station to avoid
traffic: You risk a
fine of Kshs 100,000
-300,000 or one
year in jail or BOTH
3. Over speeding:
When you over
speed, you risk a
fine of Kshs 10,000
or 3 months
imprisonment or both
4. Careless Driving:
Penalty of Ksh
500,000 or 10 years
imprisonment or both
5. Careless driving
causing death: Life
Imprisonment. This is
being treated like
6. Driving under
influence of alcohol:
A fine of Ksh 500,
000 or ten years in
jail or both.
7. PSV Operators:
Should adhere to the
uniforms and badges
8. Motor Cycle
operators: ONE
PASSENGER only and
the passenger and
rider must be in
reflective vests and
helmets – otherwise
you risk a fine of
Kshs 10,000 and in
default 12 months
Other changes as below:
Road blocks are to be
gazetted prior to being
mounted by the police
Driving licenses of speed
limit violators shall be
suspended for not less
than 3 years if the
person has exceeded
speed limit by more than
10 kph and if offence is
repeated 3 or more
Mandatory eye test
every 3 years for
licensed drivers. And if
you fail the test then
license is withdrawn.
All law enforcement
officers (regular police
and APs) are now
effectively mandated to
deal with traffic issues
with the abolition of the
Traffic Department under
the Kenya Police Service


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