By Joseph Mambili
Interior Security and acting Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered all school buses and vans to be painted yellow by March 30.
This is in line with the Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2016 passed in Parliament last year stipulating that school buses to be painted yellow, with institution names written in black.
Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2016 contains stringent regulations aimed at strengthening safety in Kenyan school buses.
Under the new regulation, school buses will operate between 6am and 6pm.
The Bill also states that a motor vehicle designated to transport children to or from school, or for any non-school related activity, when they are in a group, shall be fitted with safety belts designed to be used by children.
He gave the ultimatum at a workshop on education reforms at the Kenya School of Government, Kabete.
The buses are not only designed this way to safeguard passengers in case of a disaster, but also distinctive yellow colour presents a striking exterior appearance to make it difficult for anyone to miss them.
Yellow colour attracts attention and is noticed quickly in peripheral vision, faster than any other colour and according to scientists, “Lateral peripheral vision for detecting yellows is 1.24 times greater than for red.
On school transfers, he said no amount of pressure will reverse the decision to transfer teachers in localization policy.