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NTSA targets stalled vehicles in safer roads campaigns

NTSA director-general Francis Meja. file photo | nmg
NTSA director-general Francis Meja. file photo | nmg 

Motorists whose vehicles stall on the roads have been given only one hour to remove them or they will be towed by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) at a cost.

In a public notice on Tuesday, NTSA director-general Francis Meja said a motorist who does not remove the automobile on the road within the allowed time will have to look for the vehicle at the nearest police station.

“Stalled vehicles that are not removed within the cautionary hour, will be towed to the nearest police station at owner’s cost under section 106 (1) of the Traffic Act,” said Mr Meja.

Section 106 (1) of the Traffic Act states that it shall be lawful for any police officer or any inspector to take the vehicle or cause it to be taken to a police station or other place of safety by such method, route and under such conditions as he may consider necessary, having regard to all the circumstances of the case.

Expenses incurred thereby, it adds, shall be payable by the owner of the vehicle, and it shall be released from the police station or other place of safety until the expenses of moving them have been paid.

Release of the vehicle is also allowed when the person certifies in writing that he is willing to allow the vehicle to be removed before he receives such expenses due to him. Mr Meja, in the notice, said that anyone whose vehicle stalls should notify the NTSA on 0718555999 or on the police on 999 or 911.

“Motorists and motor vehicle owners are further advised that immediately upon stalling of a vehicle, cautionary measures are taken to alert the road users.”

Stalled vehicles on the road have been blamed for cause of accidents. In the last two weeks, tens of people have lost lives in road accidents, causing an uproar from the public.