Nkaissery orders seizure of vehicles with unauthorised sirens
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has ordered police to impound all vehicles fitted with unauthorized sirens and prosecute the owners.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, Nkaissery cited the Traffic Act on vehicles that are allowed to have sirens and strobe lights.
“For purposes of clarity, other than the president of Kenya and the deputy president, the only other vehicles which are supposed to have sirens are; police vehicles, ambulances and fire engines,” read the statement in part.
He noted that some individuals and organisations including funeral homes have been fitting sirens in their vehicles making motorists not to give way even in genuine cases of ambulances and fire engines.
The statement comes in the wake of confusion on Nairobi roads where motorists have been complaining over misuse of sirens by certain individuals.
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has been driving in a motorcade with sirens while a popular musician and a crooked Nairobi tycoon are also said to enjoy similar privileges.
“From today henceforth, all vehicles which are not supposed to have sirens and are fitted with the same, must have them removed immediately,” said Nkaissery.
He ordered the Inspector General of Police to impound unauthorized vehicles with sirens and charge the owners in court.