Relief for long distance travellers as Transport ministry puts in place policy for roadside toilets

Long distance travellers will soon get roadside toilets when travelling upcountry once the Ministry of Transport implements the policy and regulations put in place for them.

In the case Lawyer Adrian Kamotho sued the Council of County Governors, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA) and Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) seeking for court to compel them to put up roadside toilets.

The state had been ordered to by the high court to provide toilets and other sanitation facilities on highways.

In an affidavit filed in court, the PS transport Joseph Mbugua said they have established Roadside Stations (RSS) policy and regulations to address road safety, health and socio-economic development of surrounding areas along the country’s road network.

Mbugua added that the Road stationers specifically will provide for journey breaks and encourage rest for drivers.

He further said that the development of the roadside stations along highways is part of making highways smart and improving road safety and enhancing the wellness of drivers and travellers.

The state says it has scheduled public participation forum for validation and collection of views from members of public which began on September 19 and will end on 27 before tabling in parliament for approval.

They further say that the ministry has also developed draft regulations known as the Kenya Roads (Roadside stations Regulation, 2023 which are in compliance with the policy.

The PS says they will partner with private investors for the development of RSS and also promote development of the road side stations along major highways in the country to contribute towards making the highways smart transport and economic corridors starting with the northern corridor.

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