Nairobi Expressway: CS Reveals Biggest Challenge After Trial Run

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After a three-month trial period, Transport Minister James Macharia opened up about the biggest challenge facing his ministry on the Nairobi Expressway.

Speaking on the sidelines of the highway opening on Sunday, July 31, the CS noted that there were increasing cases of speeding on the causeway.

He noted that some motorists had repeatedly ignored the state’s 80 km/h speed limit by driving at up to 140 km/h.

This is despite the fact that Moja Expressway, the company in charge of managing the highway, is putting up a speed limit sign every two kilometers along the 27-kilometer stretch.

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An image of the Nairobi Westlands highway toll booth.

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“TBEN don’t like to observe speed limits. Along the highway there is a sign every 2 kilometers that says ‘Maximum 80 km’, but you will find someone driving 140 km/h. This caused a problem,” according to the CS.

The CS further noted that the public vehicles (PSV) were still denied access to the highway after a matatu was involved in an accident at the Mlolongo exit.

Speaking at the launch of the Expressway, President Uhuru Kenyatta praised the project and noted that it would boost urbanization in the city.

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“The Expressway has opened up a better business environment for our country, which means more opportunities for our country in the fields of tourism, conferences, manufacturing and hospitality. Sectors with more than 3 million direct and 6 million indirect,” announced the head of state.

His feelings come a month after the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) confirmed measures are in the works to prevent the eternal speeding problem.

In June, Moja Expressway conducted an extensive awareness-raising exercise to remind motorists of the importance of sticking to the 80 km/h speed limit.

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KeNHA noted that motorists found guilty of exceeding the established speed limits would face the law as contained in the Traffic Amendment Act 2021.

The law, signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, June 21, provides that the driver’s license of a person convicted of breaking a speed limit will be invalidated for a period of not less than three years.

A police car on top of the Nairobi Expressway.

A police car on top of the Nairobi Expressway.

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