You Risk being arrested for driving more than two people in a private Vehicle

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You risk a six month jail sentence or a fine of up to Ksh. 20,000 should you be found carrying more than two people in your private vehicle.

This in a bid to promote the government’s directive on social distancing in the fight against the novel Covid-19.

According to the meausres Gazetted by the Cabinet Secretary for health, Mutahi Kagwe, the government has outlawed carrying of more than two people, including the driver, in a five-seater car.

A seven-seater vehicle will only be allowed to carry the driver and two others.

The notice states that no licensed vehicle, including a sedan, will carry more than 50 per cent of its capacity.

“Private vehicles shall not carry more than 50 per cent of the licensed capacity,” reads the Gazette notice dated April 6.

The offence, according to the Gazette notice, also includes failure to wear a mask in your car or matatu or not maintaining a distance of one metre between yourself and others.

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said the Gazette notice is “now the law” and that the police will use it to arrest and press charges in court.

National Police Service spokesperson Charles Owino said police will immediately enforce the new rules and charge offenders.

“I need to consult if we can charge people based on a Gazette notice. But the work of the police is to enforce any order. This being an emergency, it will come into force with immediate effect,” Owino said.

The Government has put in place different measures to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19.

Along with washing your hands regularly, you are required to wear a mask whenever in a public space, maintain a safe social distance of about 1.5 meters and if possible Stay home.

Matatus, Boda boda, Salons, Barbershops, Open air markets and Juakali artisans are also expected to ensure that all their customers adhere to the directives put in place at all times.

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