Traffic Commandant Daudi Kyalo announced that police will crack down on speeding drivers and vehicles with tinted windows – and that motorists will have to pay a fine of 4,000 shillings on the spot or have their vehicle impounded.
This directive compelling motorists to carry huge amounts of cash in their car is wrong. Not many drivers can afford to carry 4,000 shillings, and those that can afford to rarely carry large sums of cash, and instead rely on Bank ATM’s, fuel cards and credit cards for their convenience and relative safety.
It is unfortunate that the Police want motorists to risk losing money. The directive will also have unfortunate consequences in that (1) encourages crime: assures car-jackers that each car they target has some cash (2) encourages corruption: ensures that motorists always have enough to bribe police and make the charges disappear.
The Police should not enforce spot fines: A motorist who is sober and driving a road-worthy vehicle should only be ticketed and summoned to appear in court on a given day to answer the Police charge.