|A screenshot of the K24 Rush Hour app|
Mediamax Network Ltd and Rapid Communications unveiled on Saturday afternoon ‘K24 Rush Hour’, a traffic update application for mobile phones at the Traffic Headquarters, Ruaraka.
Speaking during the launch, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication Dr. Bitange Ndemo lauded the move and called on more innovations in the rapidly growing ICT field.
The innovative app enables users to get real-time road updates on their handsets thereby saving them the hustle of having to go through roads with heavy traffic, saving on their time.
Mobile phone users can send ‘K24’, ‘Kameme’ or ‘People’ to 2075 to get updates that will be delivered via a link.
You can also download the app at Google Play
Traffic (Amendment) Act 2012
With matters pertaining to road safety, the President recently assented to the Traffic (Amendment) Act 2012. The Amendment has enhanced penalties for the various traffic offences.
Each Public Service and Commercial Vehicle driver will have to undergo a physical fitness, eye, and hearing test after every 3 years before being issued with a driving license or renewal of their license.
Drivers and conductors of PSVs will have to wear special badges and uniforms as well as undergo tests after every 2 years to ascertain their competence.
Drivers found driving recklessly for the first time will be fined Sh100,000 or imprisoned for 2 years or both. Second reckless driving offence attracts a Sh300,000 fine or imprisonment for a year or disqualification from driving for a period of 2 years.
The Inspector General of Police is mandated to designate areas where a roadblock can be mounted.