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KeNHA Unveils Proposed Regulations for Roadside Stations Along National Highways

The development of roadside stations is anticipated to occur through government initiatives, private citizens, or Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), categorized into three types: large, medium, and small.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has recently released a set of proposed regulations that will govern the establishment of roadside stations along national highways throughout the country.

These roadside stations are envisioned to offer essential amenities such as electric charging points, driver accommodation, parking lots, restrooms, and petrol stations, aiming to enhance safety and comfort for long-distance travelers, as outlined in the Roadside Stations Regulations 2023.

According to the proposed regulations, these stations are mandated to operate 24 hours a day, with services and amenities subject to licensing by relevant authorities. Roadside station operators are also required to maintain sufficient and suitable staffing to ensure high standards of service delivery.

The development of roadside stations is anticipated to occur through government initiatives, private citizens, or Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), categorized into three types: large, medium, and small.

Categories of Roadside Stations:

  1. Large Stations: Spanning over 10 acres, large stations will feature ATMs, health clinics, 200 parking spaces for various vehicles, electric car charging points, electric fences, CCTV cameras, market stalls, and government offices.
  2. Medium Stations: Covering land between six to 10 acres, medium stations will offer similar facilities to large stations.
  3. Small Stations: Occupying three to six acres, small stations will provide essential amenities such as sanitation facilities, restrooms/driver accommodation, parking, a restaurant, a health clinic, and security services.

Proposed Fees:

  • Trucks can park for free for the first two hours, with a Ksh200 fee for parking between two to eight hours.
  • The 24-hour truck parking fee at a roadside station is set at Ksh500.
  • Jumpstarting a battery at a roadside station will cost motorists Ksh200, while tire inflation and restroom services will be complimentary.
  • The application fee for developing a roadside station is proposed at Ksh20,000, and an annual license renewal is set at Ksh100,000.

Penalties:

In a bid to eliminate the unsafe parking of vehicles, particularly long-distance trucks along highways, the government has stipulated penalties. Trucks parking on road shoulders will face a fine of Ksh30,000, and parking outside designated roadside stations will also incur a Ksh30,000 penalty. This initiative aims to enhance road safety and minimize disruptions caused by haphazard parking along highways.

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Abdul

Abdul is a journalist by profession having graduated from St.Paul University.

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