Driving In Kenya, What Is The Required Speed Limit?

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Driving is the controlled operation and movement of a motorized vehicle with wheels, such as a car, motorcycle, truck or bus by either a human or computer controller.

A driver must have physical skills to be able to control direction, acceleration and deceleration. For motor vehicles, the tasks include;

  • Starting the vehicles’ engine with the starting system.
  • Setting the transmission to the correct gear.
  • Steering the vehicles direction with the steering wheel.
  • Applying brake pressure to slow or stop the vehicle.
  • Operating other important auxiliary devices such as the indicators. Headlights, parking brake and windshield wipers.

Every driver has a speed limit that he or she must use, to be able to prevent or reduce accident.

Speed Limit

A road speed limit is the limit of speed allowed by law for vehicles, usually the maximum speed allowed. Occasionally there is a minimum speed limit. Speed limits are commonly set by the legislative bodies of a national or local government.

The Required Speed Limit in Kenya

Speeding is a contributor to road accidents, fatalities and injuries. In Kenya the National Transport and Safety Authority are required to erect and maintain road signs indicating maximum speed limit along all roads.

Exceeding the posted speed limit, commonly referred to as over speeding is an offence that, if seen can result in heavy fines or worse depending on the severity of any resulting mishap.

Speed limits apply to vehicles depending upon the type of vehicle and the type of roadway upon which the driver is driving. Motor cycles and cars are subject to a limit of 100km/h on single carriageways and 110km/h on dual carriage ways.

Commercial vehicles, buses, public service vehicles and articulated vehicles drawing one trailer are limited to 80km/h on any road. The speed limit is 65km/h for all motor vehicles drawing one trailer while on any road.

There is also a statutory limit of 50km/h within trading centers, towns, municipalities and cities. The speed limit is 30km/h within the boundaries of nursery, primary or secondary schools, any area used by children when crossing to and from school, a public children’s playground or within any health facility.

Enforcing Speed Limits

Speed limits in Kenya are must be heavily enforced through the use of speed cameras, police officers must also determine and record vehicle’s speed whose records are admissible in court under Kenyan law.

In urban areas such as Nairobi, more speed cameras must be indicated along the road, but particularly along highways these devices must be in surreptitious use at any location

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