A summary of the new traffic laws in Kenya effective immediately

Posted on November 9th, 2012
Categories: News

Here is a summary of the new traffic rules caused by the Amendment of section 12 of Cap 403 of the laws of Kenya. The president signed the amendments yesterday meaning they are in operation from today.

  1. Number plates: When you sell your vehicle, you should surrender the number plates to the registrar of motor vehicles. Remember to surrender the number plates to the registrar otherwise you risk being arrested and fined
  2. Overlapping, undertaking, obstruction, driving on pavement or through a petrol station to avoid traffic: You risk a fine of Kshs 100,000 -300,000 or  one year in jail or BOTH
  3. Over speeding:  When you over speed, you risk a fine of Kshs 10,000 or 3 months imprisonment or both
  4. Careless Driving: Penalty of Ksh 500,000 or 10 years imprisonment or both
  5. Careless driving causing death: Life Imprisonment. This is being treated like murder.
  6. Driving under influence of alcohol: A fine of Ksh 500, 000 or ten years in jail or both.
  7. PSV Operators: Should adhere to the uniforms and badges rules
  8. Motor Cycle operators: ONE PASSENGER only and the passenger and rider must be in reflective vests and helmets – otherwise you risk a fine of Kshs 10,000 and in default 12 months imprisonment


Other changes as below:

  • Road blocks are to be gazetted prior to being mounted by the police
  • Driving licenses of speed limit violators shall be suspended for not less than 3 years if the person has exceeded speed limit by more than 10 kph and if offence is repeated 3 or more times.
  • Mandatory eye test every 3 years for licensed drivers. And if you fail the test then license is withdrawn.
  • All law enforcement officers (regular police and APs) are now effectively mandated to deal with traffic issues with the abolition of the Traffic Department under the Kenya Police Service Act.