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Top Ranked Speed Limiters In Kenya

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Speed governors were made mandatory for public service vehicles under the infamous ‘Michuki Rules’. The late John Njoroge Michuki, who was the Transport Minister, ordered that all matatus and buses have speed governors and passenger safety belts installed. The move was aimed at restoring order in the chaotic matatu sector.

By Jared Oundo,

Speed governors were made mandatory for public service vehicles under the infamous ‘Michuki Rules’.

The late John Njoroge Michuki, who was the Transport Minister, ordered that all matatus and buses have speed governors and passenger safety belts installed.

The move was aimed at restoring order in the chaotic matatu sector.

A year later, the Traffic Act (Cap.403) was enacted. A section of it reads:

“Pursuant to rule 41 A (b) (i) and (ii) of the Traffic Rules, 2005, the Minister for Transport approves the types of speed governors listed in the schedule to be fitted in every public service vehicle and commercial vehicle with a tare weight of 3048 Kgs and above, having been tested and passed as competent speed limiters.”

“Pursuant to rule 41 A (b) (i) and (ii) of the Traffic Rules, 2005, the Minister for Transport approves the types of speed governors listed in the schedule to be fitted in every public service vehicle and commercial vehicle with a tare weight of 3048 Kgs and above, having been tested and passed as competent speed limiters.”

NTSA had required that Public Service Vehicles (PSVs)  to upgrade their speed governors by March this year so they can relay real-time speed information to the National Transport and Safety Authority servers.

The upgraded speed governors can transmit data on the speed at which the car is moving, the location of the car, the driver and the SACCO the vehicle belongs to.

According to Mr David Kiarie, the manufacturer of Omata Speed Limiter who also doubles up as the chairman of Roads Safety Association of Kenya, the new speed limiters will solve several problems ranging from insecurity, better management and prevention of accidents.

David Kiarie, producers of Omata Speed Limiter speaking to the media.

“Prevention measures for causing accidents will be dealt with promptly. It’s unfortunate that vehicle owners have not been informed by their leaders the real benefits that stand to reap out of this. I’m convinced that investors get the value of their investments,” he says. To purchase a new gadget, one has to part with between Sh25,000 and Sh45,000 depending on each service provider while for an upgrade of the old gadgets to the new investors are paying between Sh18,000 and Sh25,000.

A number of service providers have risen sharply and consumers have a range of options. Here are some of the top licensed speed limiters by NTSA. The list might not be in order.

 

DALCOM KENYA LIMITED

Top on the list is Omata Speed governor by Dalcom Kenya Limited. They have won various awards as the safest speed governors. Recently they were recognized by Safety plus as the safest speed limiter. They are the sole designers, makers and suppliers of Omata brand of Digital Speed Limiters/Recorders. The area of specialization is in Motor Vehicle Industry where they have specialized in the manufacture of ‘OMATA V2030GAR and currently OMATA SLRT: 2018 brand of speed limiters/recorders.

This brand of speed limiters/recorders is locally designed by the technical team, developed, tested and certified by various Government bodies as having met the locally stipulated standards for speed limiters.

They have been vocal fighting for safety of passengers.

 

JENDIE AUTOMOBILES LIMITED

JENDIE was incorporated in 2012, to primarily focus on development and fitting of the next generation auto motive safety solutions in Africa and focusing on global markets as well. The company’s product portfolio includes Digital speed limiters, Vehicle and motorcycle tracking devices, cargo tracking, fleet management, Fuel Protect solutions and alarms systems which are all continuously improved to suit and meet the demands of our clients.

PINNACLE SYSTEMS LIMITED

Pinnacle Systems specializes in the Sales and Service of Control Equipment and has been among the industry leaders in all types of Control Equipment. They aim to Develop and Deploy innovative solutions to assist Fleet-dependent companies to reduce their Fleet Operating costs and Equipment downtime by maintaining a Highly trained, motivated and competent technical team, as well as stocking adequate spares for after-sales service .Pinnacle continue to re-invest into the development of innovative Fleet technologies and provide first- class customer support Services .In addition we have a flexible and highly trained team of Technicians who are readily available to carry out installation, Service and repairs at your premises if the size of your Fleet demands it.

 

RADAR SPEED LIMITER

An established fleet management company with vast experience in road safety, logistics, tracking monitoring of motor vehicles both in the private and public sector.

Radar offers the best products and services in our areas of expertise.

It has undergone the mandatory requirement with the regulating authorities such as the NTSA, KEBS and the Department of Chief Mechanical Engineer in the Ministry of Transport.

BETAHUB TECHNOLOGIES

The Kenyan & Chinese based manufacturer that offer state of the art speed limiters, which offers your fleet efficient speed control, real time tracking and useful system reports.

With BSL speed limiter, the vehicle cannot exceed the preset speed limit. You can also print out speed information form a Bluetooth printer directly from the device. The device will also record & report tampers and any other device violations.

 

EKAS TECHNOLOGIES

Ekas focuses on cutting-edge technology that enables them to work on a proven production process to manufacture high quality, dimensionally accurate, speed governors. Moreover their constant research and development as well as employee trainings have further enabled them to offer best solutions to meet the specific needs of the clients. Furthermore the ability to keep pace with the latest development in this domain has helped Ekas immensely to evolve as a professional company providing best solutions.

 

SILICON VALLEY SOLUTIONS LIMITED

Silicon Valley Solutions (SVS) develops commercial and private transport solutions that don’t compromise the performance of your vehicle, and are tailored to the unique African environment.

 

FLEX COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Flex Communications LTD is a fast growing affordable ICT solution provider, business automation and management systems. Our range of ICT on Fleet Management Solutions both hardware and software, Custom Application , Smart card solutions and Laboratory Management Systems(Paperless Laboratory System) and many more.

KARIBIA TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS LIMITED

By focusing on people rather than vehicles, Karibia differentiates itself from competitors by providing peace of mind through reliable personal safety services like roadside assistance, crash alerts and emergency recovery services

MARTS LOGISTICS LIMITED

MARTS Logistics was established in 2004 to provide innovative management solutions to all industry sectors in Kenya and beyond. As well as providing pragmatic, hands-on Quality, Environmental, and Occupational Health & Safety Management solutions to organizations that are registered to ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007, they also deliver a range of transport management development, fleet safety and professional effectiveness training workshops.

The company was founded to provide motor carriers with the products and services they require to run day-to-day operations.

 

We will provide more information as we conclude our survey on this industry.

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