In response to growing complaints of misuse of emergency vehicle equipment leading to harassment on roads and highways, the National Police Service has issued a directive banning the unauthorized use of strobe lights, light bars, sirens, and lead/chase cars.

The directive, issued in a statement by Deputy Inspector General Douglas Kanja Kirocho, cites specific legal provisions within the Traffic Act Cap 403 and related regulations governing the use of such equipment.

"Please, note that complaints have reached this office regarding harassment on our Roads and Highways by unauthorized persons using strobe lights, light bars, sirens, and lead/chase cars," the statement read.

According to Section 34 of the Traffic Act, the use of sirens and other specified lights is strictly regulated, with priority given to emergency vehicles such as police cars, fire engines, and ambulances.

Additionally, the order of precedence Act 2014 delineates entitlements for high-ranking officials such as the President, Deputy President, speakers, and the Chief Justice to utilize sirens.

Addressing all Regional Police Commanders and Formation Commanders, the directive mandates strict enforcement of legal action against any individuals found to be in unauthorized possession or use of prohibited equipment on roads and highways.

"Consequently, you are directed to take legal action as stipulated in our laws and regulations against any person not authorized to use the following on our Road and Highways..." the statement read.

Strobe lights, light bars, sirens, lead or chase cars are among the things listed in the statement as prohibited unless authorised.

The directive also extends to traffic behaviour, emphasizing adherence to existing laws and regulations regarding lane discipline.

Drivers are reminded that overlapping and driving on the wrong side of roads and highways are strictly prohibited unless permitted by law.

Kirocho underscored the importance of upholding these regulations to ensure the safety and orderliness of Kenya's roads and highways.

"Deal accordingly," the directive concluded, urging swift and decisive action in enforcing the ban.

With this directive in place, the Kenya Police Service aims to curb the misuse of emergency vehicle equipment and promote compliance with traffic laws, ultimately enhancing road safety for all citizens.