Kenya mulls regulations to reduce vehicle emissions

NAIROBI, May 16 (Xinhua) — Kenya is developing regulations that seek to reduce the amount of vehicle emissions in the country, an official said on Thursday.

Martin Eshiwani, director of road and railway transport in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and urban development told Xinhua in Nairobi that input from all relevant stakeholders will be sought in order to develop an inclusive vehicle emission regulations.

“The new regulatory framework should be in place early next year and will help improve air quality in the country by allowing government to outsource vehicle emission tests to the private sector,” Eshiwani said during a public forum on the traffic challenge in the city of Nairobi.

Eshiwan noted that Kenya is keen to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles because they play a role in accelerating climate change.

He added that the traffic act requires all motor vehicles above the age of four to be subjected to annual road worthy test including an vehicle emission tests.

“Those cars that fail the emission test are not permitted on the roads,” he added.

The ministry of transport official said that there are currently only 17 government vehicle inspection centers, which are not sufficient to inspect all vehicles on the road.

“The proposed regulations will expand the number of vehicle inspection centers and help ensure that all cars on the road are clean,” Eshiwan added.

He revealed that transport sector emissions are set to expand due to the projected increase in the number of cars on the road. Enditem


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