Matatu drivers road safety campaign.

04 Apr


THE MATATU INDUSTRY: Drivers safety campaign


Dear sir/madam,

I am a matatu driver in Nairobi Kenya and also a writer on matatu affairs; I have a blog: wambururu,

After ten years on the road, I feel there is an urgent need to assist matatu drivers in increasing knowledge of the Highway Code and traffic rules and regulations in general. This will be very helpful especially to those who got their licenses through the back door, as is the case with majority.

I am seeking assistance to start a program that will reach out to majority of PSV drivers in Kenya and offer them training on road safety.


The “matatu” industry is the core mode of transport for majority of commuters in Nairobi and its environs and perhaps the country at large. Majority of Kenyans depend on matatu’s to get them to their destinations owing to the poor conditions of roads and other factors like the cost of buying and maintaining a car. The number of the PSV vehicles on our roads keeps on raising every year to meet this demand..

Most of the road accidents on our roads are caused by -or involve matatus and/or other PSV vehicles as they are mostly on the roads. Some of this accident can be attributed to matatu drivers for their reckless driving, lack of knowledge of road signs and the Highway Code, over speeding etc,

Safety being the main concern, it is therefore important to tackle one issue at a time, and thus the need for a long term solution when it comes to public service vehicles’ drivers.

Retraining these drivers can indeed be a big step in ensuring that everybody is safe. This program can be achieved and thus the idea of distributing the Highway Code booklet to the drivers.

There are over 30,000 matatus that serve Nairobi and its environs. To ensure that every driver gets a copy; 30,000 copies of the Highway Code booklets will be required This is due to a possible fact that every vehicle represent more than one driver.


The main purpose is to re-train all drivers about the Highway Code, road signs and road safety at large.

The plan is to distribute the existing Highway Code booklet on issue by the government or alternatively a new High Code booklet design can be printed with up to date Highway codes, road signs and maps of the major roads commonly used by matatus and other PSV vehicles.


Distribution of the booklets will be done on the 10 main bus parks within Nairobi. These are suitable areas because all drivers plying different routes can easily be accessed and handed the booklet individually. Distribution of all the copies can be done within two weeks, thus one bus parks per day.

Current bus parks in Nairobi;

Railways bus park ;Machakos bus park ;Koja bus park; Tea Room bus park; Bus Station bus park; River Road bus park; Ngara/Globe Cinema bus park; OTC bus park; Kenyatta Hospital stage;Westland’s main stage.

The promoters of this project assume there will be willingness by all stakeholders to support this exercise

For more information contact:  James M Kariuki

Telephone 0724384676.



Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Matatu matters



6 responses to “Matatu drivers road safety campaign.

  1. vizalot

    February 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    If it is about training, why distribute booklets they can throw out of the window as they drive (knowing Kenyans as they are)?

    How do you intend to make the training stick and encourage behavior change?

    My suggestion, start with a target group (e.g. a certain route) and use this as your model. The success of the small target group (e.g. reduced booked traffic offences, accidents etc) can be used as a basis for a more viable proposal.

    #my two cents#

    • wambururu

      April 15, 2013 at 5:27 am

      Thank you for an eye opener, nevertheless we have to start somewhere. It would be much easier to introduce traning once we have the attention of the drivers;It would be even harder to invite the drivers for a seminar bearing in mind that they don’t even find their own time to do other stuff.
      supplying them with highway code booklets will leave them with no option but to study the road signs and in the prosses learn a thing or two about driving.
      Most drivers all over the world value this little book as its the only text book associated with driving.
      Many people receive free copies of the bible; although majority don’t make use of the book, those who do manage to transform their lifes after reading the book.

  2. Nick Morales

    July 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This sounds like a great plan. I would make sure you give the people a reason to change their driving habits. I agree that a large part of the problem lies with those who aren’t experienced or trained drivers. That being said simply educating them on the traffic laws won’t ensure they follow them. People need motivation to change. In many countries the laws are enforced and sometimes severely. If people feel like there is no consequence to their actions then they will continue to do the same as before. I don’t have an answer, but I’m pointing out a suggestion for success.

  3. wambururu

    April 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    lets give it another try

  4. Signage Company Australia

    April 27, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Road safety campaign program’s are always helpful for some, i have joined few and always get to know something.


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