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My wife bought me a new booklet from
the Text Book Centre in the Sarit Centre
which is right up my street. Titled ‘ The
Amended 2012 Traffic Law Handbook
For All Motorists. Offences, Penalties and
And it makes very interesting reading, so
much so that I highly recommend you go
out and buy one, in the meantime here are
some selected, ummm highlights.
Failure to produce driving license on
demand – Kshs.10,000/- alt. 3 months
Failure to renew driving license –
Kshs. 20,000/- (first conviction) alt. 3
months imprisonment or Kshs.30,000/-
(second conviction) alt. 6 months
Exceeding speed limit – Kshs.
100,000/- (first conviction) alt. 3 months
imprisonment + one month driving ban.
Kshs.100,000/- (second conviction)
alt. 6 months imprisonment + 3 month
driving ban. Demerit penalty points
apply to both of the above – exceeding
speed limit by 10-20 kph two points, up
to 30 kph four points, 31 kph and above
six points. If you exceed 10 or more
but less than 14 demerit points you
are disqualified from holding a driver’s
license for six months. 14-20 demerits
disqualified for one year, 20 or more
disqualified for two years.
Demerits will only be expunged (their
word, not mine) after a three year
Exceeding speed of 50 kph of any
city, trading centre, township or
municipality – fines, alt. imprisonment,
demerits same as above.
Driving under the influence of drink
or drugs – Kshs.100,000/- alt. 10 years
imprisonment + 12 month driving ban.
Failure to submit to breath analysis –
14 demerit points.
Reckless driving – Kshs.100,000/-
(first conviction) alt. one year
imprisonment + two year driving ban.
Kshs.300,000/- (second conviction)
alt. two years imprisonment + two year
Driving without due care and
attention – Kshs.100,000/- (first
conviction) alt. one year imprisonment.
Kshs.300,000/- (second conviction) alt.
2 years + 1 year driving ban.
Failure to obey traffic signals and
signs – Kshs.50,000/- (first conviction)
or Kshs.70,000/- (second conviction)
alt. six months imprisonment + two
year driving ban.
Failure to stop and report an accident
Kshs.5,000/- (first conviction) alt. 3
months imprisonment or Kshs.10,000/-
(second conviction) alt. six months
Failure to allow police officer in
uniform to inspect a vehicle – Kshs.
30,000/- (first conviction) or Kshs.
50,000/- (second conviction).
The driver of a vehicle which is about
to enter a roundabout shall give
way to any other vehicle which is
already in the roundabout and shall,
if necessary, stop before entering
the roundabout in order to allow
any such other vehicle to proceed –
Kshs.1,000/- (first conviction) or Kshs.
2,000/- (second conviction) alt. to both
of the above six months imprisonment
+ 6 demerit points.
No driver or passenger in any
vehicle shall, except for the purpose
of giving a signal, or in the event of
an emergency, or for the purpose
of test and repair, not permit any
part of the body to protrude outside
such vehicle whilst in motion –
Kshs.1,000/- (first conviction) or Kshs.
2,000/- (second conviction) alt. for both
of the above 3 months imprisonment +
2 demerit points.
Using a mobile phone or other
equipment not permanently fixed to
the vehicle, while the vehicle is in
motion – Kshs.1,000/- to 2,000/- alt. 3
Driving a vehicle on a footpath – Kshs.
30,000/- alt one years imprisonment.
Using a vehicle without reflectors –
Kshs.1,000/- to 2,000/- alt. 3 months
Overtaking with obstructed view of
the road ahead – Kshs. 2,000/- alt.
two months imprisonment + 6 demerit
Failure to obey a pedestrian crossing
Kshs.50,000/- (first conviction) or
Kshs.70,000/- (second conviction) no
alt. shown. Disqualified from driving for
2 years + 6 demerit points.
One last thing I could find no mention of
any penalties or mention of not carrying
warning triangles or first aids kits for
private vehicles, ditto tinted windows. Oft
used ruses by our boys in blue to extract a
shilling or two.
Buy the book and be informed. Thanks to
the publisher Bookman Consultants. Click
HERE to contact them.
All that said, the Traffic Act as amended is
the law, and that is what would apply if you
ever fall foul of these somewhat draconian
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