The national transport and safety authority has come out to defend itself following reports that the transport authority publicly shamed traffic offenders.
The authority clarified that traffic offenders were given the option to either go to court or carry placards to warn other motorists. They chose the latter.
NTSA road safety deputy director John Muya called the reports false and misplaced.
”We did not force anyone to do anything. We gave them options, to go to court or lift the placards, and they chose to lift the placards,” Muya said on Wednesday.
“The authority is not out to punish anyone. What we are doing is sensitizing drivers to maintain discipline on roads.”
Traffic offenders along the Sachangwan black spot on Nakuru-Eldoret highway were seen carrying signs saying: “Kindly observe lane discipline, don’t be like me”, as punishment during the holiday season.
The traffic offenders also wore reflective jackets as they waved the sign to motorists at strategic positions.
Muya said the transport authority targeted areas marked at black spots to engage in these activities aimed at ensuring maximum safety for drivers and pedestrians.
“We let the drivers out of their cars and educated them on why not to speed and why they should maintain lane discipline after which we let them weigh their options,” he added.
NTSA actions received mixed reactions on social media by users who labeled their actions as humiliating and intimidating or very innovative.
One user said he fully supports the authority. The user further added that culprits should be ”forced to carry their vehicles instead of placards.”
Another person criticized the idea saying it lacked legal backing and that he wished to be put in that position so that he can sue.