Gov’t suspends Nairobi car-free days plan over ‘security issue’
- Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said an "essential security measure" has not been finalised, hence, the plan has been put on hold.
- The Transport Ministry had announced that the pilot phase of car-free days on select roads within the Nairobi CBD would be carried out on Friday this week.
- This would have seen all vehicles barred from accessing the city centre during the trial of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
The government has suspended the plan to introduce car-free days in Nairobi until further notice.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said an “essential security measure” has not been finalised, hence, the decision to put the plan on hold.
“The capture of the Biometric data of the traders using BVR kits has not been completed as anticipated. This as an essential security measure that has to be finalized. Consequently, the trial run has been deferred until further notice,” said CS Macharia.
The Transport Ministry had announced that the pilot phase of car-free days on select roads within the Nairobi CBD would be carried out on Friday this week.
Afterwards, private motorists starting February 1, would have been required to keep their private vehicles at bay on Wednesday and Saturdays and instead use public service vehicles in a historic piloting phase that is geared at de-congesting the CBD but one that has been met by public uproar.
The roll-out of the car free days was to target select roads among them Moi Avenue, Harambee Avenue and City Hall Way in a move expected to reduce congestion and ease flow of traffic within Kenya’s busiest city.
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