Nov 28, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Uproar over low speed limits, traffic fines in Rwanda

Low speed limits with accompanying speed penalties have caused an uproar in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Some drivers said the speed limits (40-60 km / h) in the city were inappropriate.

Police were given priority in enforcing traffic fines.

Exceeding the speed limit results A fine of Rwf 25,000 (approx. 24.6) which increases to Rwf 35,000 (approx. US $ 34.4) if not paid within two days.

Some residents have complained that the traffic monitoring cameras are faulty.

Since the end of 2019, cameras have been installed in strategic areas of roads to ensure the safety of road users and to help identify and punish violations. According to reports from the Rwandan National Police, more than 500 cameras have been installed since February 2020.

Some members of the public have also voiced their concern that motorists being penalized with a speed limit of 30 to 40 km per hour is unfair and argues that the roads in Kigali were upgraded and improved after the speed limit signs were put in place.

However, some motorists support the enforcement of the speed limit to some extent as “exceeding 60 km / h in Kigali likely to lead to accidents. ”

“ Personally, I never exceed 60 km / h in Kigali. It’s especially risky in the morning and in the evening. However, the problem arises when the speed limit on a motorway is 40 km per hour and below. It can be too slow, ”said Mathew Mugabarigira, a taxi driver in Kigali.

Some local residents have reached out to the media to request a speed limit change, arguing that 30-40 km per hour are too slow.

In response to complaints, Rwandan National Police spokesman John Bosco Kabera told the media that drivers will not be fined as long as they stay within the speed limit.

“There are laws that all speed limit signs. Everyone has to obey the law. As long as you watch out for speed limits, there are no fines, ”he said.
The traffic cameras have gone a long way in reducing traffic accidents, added Mr Kabera.

He said that Da Kigali is growing and that As the number of vehicles increases, the likelihood of heavy traffic and accidents increases. It is important that people obey the law to avoid such inconvenience, advised Kabera.

Rwanda had 221,000 registered vehicles in 2020, including 52 percent motorcycles and 38 percent cars. At least 30,000 of these Vehicles are in Kigali. The number of vehicles is growing rapidly, almost 12 percent per year, according to data from the Rwandan Tax Service.

According to the latest data from the national police, at least 223 people lost their lives in road accidents in 2019, according to the World Bank Traffic accidents are one of the seven leading causes of death in Rwanda.

A presidential ordinance from 2002 regulating the general traffic police and road traffic states that vehicles in Rwanda are allowed to travel at speed limits of 25-80 km / h.

“A public vehicle or a freight vehicle may not exceed a speed of sixty kilometers per hour (60 km / h)”, it says there.

Some taxi drivers say that the high Fines could force them out of their business.

“I make Rwf25,000 in three days, but on November 11th I was spotted three times in one day for exceeding the 40km / h speed limit. That’s 75,000 Rwf, with no arrears. If I don’t pay the fine my motorcycle will be confiscated, so I decided to get the money first and come back when I’m released, ”said Mandera Dusabumuremyi, a taxi driver in Kigali.

Apart by the Using the cameras, the police have developed other strategies to ensure road safety in Rwanda, including speed limit systems on public transport and awareness-raising campaigns.