08-07-2019 by redazione
When you approach a holiday destination, although it is a foreign country and in our case of another continent in many ways very different from ours, you tend to take some things too seriously (especially if propagated by the media) and others in a very superficial way, especially those related to everyday life.
In this case we deal with the topic of driving in Kenya, the Road rules and the rental of cars and motorcycles. Here are some information, tips and warnings.
Remember that in Kenya you drive with the steering wheel on the right, as in England and a few other countries in the world related to the Commonwealth. On the roads, therefore, you drive on the left, while the priority remains to those arriving from the right. All main roads take precedence, so you won't find any signs of precedence. In roundabouts with hourly circulation, those who are inserted have priority over those who must enter, even here without the need for signs.
By law, those who drive in Kenya must have an international driving license. Residents must have a Kenyan driving license.
Any infraction of the Highway Code (from safety belts which are mandatory, usually also for passengers of the rear seats to overtaking with continuous strip) is sanctioned with the obligation to go to the local court to answer for it and pay the fine. Although the system of payment of the counts by mobile phone is being implemented, on the Kenyan coast is not yet operational, so any request for payment on the spot by agents is considered extortion. Unfortunately, ordinary corruption, even at low levels, is widespread in Kenya. Often tourists to avoid discussion or waste of time, prefer to lengthen a "shortcut". It is necessary to know that the law in Kenya punishes the corrupt as the corruptor and that the alternative is to comply with the laws, go to the Police Station to record and then appear in court.
When renting a car or motorbike, make sure that the person who rents it has a licence to do so, as well as a valid insurance that also covers accidents to third party drivers. In the case of motorcycles, a new law obliges owners to have insurance for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Each County also requires a tax (a kind of stamp) to be shown on request. If you rent without regular contracts, the risk is to be held responsible for any theft of the vehicle and be held criminally liable.
The number of passengers that a motorcycle can have on board is two, both must be equipped with a jacket and helmet. It does not matter if the local population very often does not respect these rules, travelling with more passengers or not wearing a jacket and helmet.
Checks are always much tighter on foreigners, it is a fact on which it is useless to talk or argue. Even if things are fortunately changing. By law, even tuk-tuks must have seatbelts on board for passengers and could not exceed three passengers by car.
FARES FOR FINES
SPEED LIMIT EXCEEDED: KES. 3000
SPEED LIMIT EXCEEDED BY MORE THAN 20 KHMH: KES. 10.000
DRIVING WITH MOBILE PHONE: KES. 2000
DRIVER OR PASSENGER WITHOUT SEAT BELT: KES. 500
LACK OF EMERGENCY SIGNALS OR ACCESSORIES: KES. 3000
OBSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD: KES. 10.000
DRIVING OR STOPPING ON THE SIDEWALK: KES. 5000
NON-OBSERVANCE OF ROAD SIGNS: KES. 3000
DRIVING WITHOUT A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE: BY KES. 3000 to KES. 7000 depending on the vehicle
MOTORBIKE WITH MORE THAN ONE PASSENGER ON BOARD: KES 1000
MOTORBIKE WITH PASSENGERS WITHOUT HELMET: KES. 1000
MOTORCYCLIST WITHOUT VEST SIGNPOSTING: KES. 1000
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