The Michuki traffic rules take effect, today; All what you need to know to be safe

Public Service Vehicles packed in Nairobi this morning for fear of the traffic rules crackdown
Public Service Vehicles packed in Nairobi this morning for fear of the traffic rules crackdown

The ministry of transport has today, Monday 12th November 2018, reinforced implementation of the tough traffic rules popularly known as the ‘Michuki Rules’. This is in a bid to arrest the spiraling road carnage. Related content: Motorists directed to comply with all traffic rules, including the famous Michuki rules

The crackdown on Public Service vehicles has seen a number of them pulled off the roads forcing passengers to use alternative means of transport; including trekking to work. For the few vehicles plying the roads this morning have exponentially increased fares.


To be safe and to avoid getting yourself on the wrong side of the law, read through the checklist that traffic officers will be using to enforce the traffic rules:

  • Checklist for drivers and motor cycle riders:
    • Validity of the driving licence
    • Wearing correct uniform
    • Wearing the helmet, for motor bike riders
    • Availability of the Public Service Vehicle, PSV, badge
    • Having a PSV photo
    • Number of passengers carried
    • Alcohol level status
    • Observing traffic signs
  • Checklist for Conductors:
    • Wearing the correct uniform
    • Availability of the PSV badge
    • Number of passengers carried
    • Alcohol level status
    • Riding in a dangerous position i.e hanging on the doors
    • Touting
  • Checklist for passengers/ Travelers:
    • Fastening safety belts
    • Stealing a ride
    • Being excess
    • Wearing a helmet; for motor cycle passengers
    • Wearing a reflective jacket
  • Checklist for Motor Vehicle offences:
    • Availability of inspection certificate
    • Availability and condition of the speed governor
    • Suspension
    • Steering
    • Availability of the continuous yellow line
    • Presence and condition of seat belts
    • Body works condition of the vehicle
    • Having tinted/ reflective material
    • Blinking lights
    • Pull bars and extended rims/ running board
    • Availability of loud music systems
    • Blaring horn
    • Modified exhaust systems
    • Insurance status
    • Condition of tyres



NTSA- Motor Vehicle requirements
NTSA- Motor Vehicle requirements


The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), has released a new list of minor traffic offences and the fine the offender will be required to pay should they be caught.

Here is the list of the offences and respective fines due (courtesy)

  • Driving a vehicle that does have identification plates affixed or if they’ve been placed incorrectly – Ksh. 10,000
  • Driving on or through a pedestrian walkway or pavement – Ksh. 5,000
  • Causing obstruction on the road with your vehicle in a manner that inconveniences other motorists or prevents flow of traffic – Ksh. 10,000
  • Failure of a driver to obey traffic signs – Ksh. 3,000
  • Failure of a driver to stop when asked to do so by a police officer in uniform – Ksh. 5,000
  • Driving without a valid driving licence that corresponds to the class of the vehicle being driven – Ksh. 7,000
  • Failure to renew a driving licence -Ksh. 1,000
  • Failure to produce a driving licence on demand – Ksh. 1,000
  • Driving while using a mobile phone – Ksh. 2,000
  • Learner failing to exhibit ‘L’ plates on front and rear of the vehicle – Ksh. 1,000
  • Failure of a vehicle to carry lifesavers – Ksh. 2,000
  • Failure to display lifesavers in the case where any part of the vehicle remains on the road in a position to obstruct or cause obstruction – Ksh. 3,000
  • Failure of vehicle to have seat belts – Ksh. 10,000 for every seat that doesn’t have a seat belt or if the the seat belts are not of the proper standard.
  • Failure to wear a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion -Ksh. 500
  • Driving a PSV while being unqualified -Ksh. 7,000
  • The driver of the PSV who lets an unauthorized person drive – Ksh. 5,000
  • An unlicensed individual acting as the conductor or driver of the PSV – Ksh. 5,000
  • PSV picking and dropping passengers at areas that are not the designated bus stops – Ksh. 1,000
  • Failure to fit prescribed speed governors in vehicles – Ksh. 10,000
  • Travelling with a part of the body outside a moving vehicle – Ksh. 1,000
  • Touting – Ksh. 3,000
  • Motorcycle rider riding without protective gear -Ksh. 1,000
  • Motorcycle passenger riding without protective gear – Ksh. 1,000
  • Rider of a motorcycle carrying more than one passenger – Ksh. 1,000
  • Failure to keep seat belts in a clean and wearable condition – Ksh. 500
  • Exceeding the speed limit as prescribed to the class of the vehicle by;
    • 1-5 kph: Ksh. 500
    • 6-10 kph: Ksh. 3,000
    • 11-15 kph: Ksh. 6,000
    • 16-20 kph: Ksh. 10,000







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