As an affiliate of the FIA, and under its priority area i.e. action by clubs on the ground, the Automobile Association of Kenya joined in the campaign for road safety. AA Kenya, in its own capacity and in conjunction with the government and corporates, has come forward to push the message of road safety forward to Kenyans.
At AA we recognise the fact that every day a number of Kenyans is involved in a road accident that affects their lives somewhat. We also understand that road safety is a collective responsibility and therefore approach it from all possible avenues to curb the menace. Our role is to provide information and skills to our Members and the general public that would make them safer road users.
By partnering with GoK and other stakeholders, AA Kenya has provided various road safety interventions:
- Motor cycle (Boda Boda) Riders Training in which AA of Kenya partners with the county and national governments to educate unlicensed Boda Boda riders, equipping them with riding skills.
- The Safe Walk to School program which aims to empower school children by offering road safety training to educate and raise awareness about being safe and alert when using the roads.
- Motor Auto Clinic where lady drivers are equipped with basic car care and maintenance as well as road safety tips.
- Msamaria Mwema Road Safety Campaign for PSV Drivers sponsored by the FIA and launched in June 2016 to equip PSV drivers with First Aid and defensive driving skills to enhance first response.
- Msamaria Mwema Training of Trainers in First Aid which is aimed at building capacity in First Aid training among the PSV drivers. Selected drivers went through a training of trainers program on first aid.
- International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) whereAA of Kenya, in partnership with the government, commissioned a road assessment program for over 2,500 kilometres of road network in Kenya. The project focused on more than 30 different road design features that are known to influence the likelihood of a crash and its severity. A rating of 5 to 1 was given denoting safety of the road with 5 being safest and 1 most unsafe. The objective of the assessment was to guide future road infrastructure development for safety.
- There is still more to be done in way of bringing road crashes to zero by 2020 as was the dream at the beginning of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and AA of Kenya is on call to deliver all possible interventions towards reaching this goal. Autonews Magazine will be bringing you all the updates on AA Kenya activities towards this campaign.