The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has published proposed regulations which will govern the setting up of roadside stations along national highways countrywide.
Roadside stations will contain electric charging points, driver accommodation, parking lots, restrooms, and petrol stations among other key infrastructure.
As detailed in the Roadside Stations Regulations 2023, the stations target long-distance vehicles and aim to provide safety and comfort for all road users.
“The roadside station shall operate on a 24-hour basis. A roadside station operator shall ensure the services and amenities in the roadside station are licensed by the relevant authorities.
A photo of transit trucks at a border in Kenya’s Namanga border.
“A roadside station operator shall ensure adequate and appropriate staffing of the roadside station for purposes of maintaining high standards of service delivery,” read the proposed regulations.
According to the plan, roadside stations will be developed by the government, private citizens or through a Public Private Partnership(PPP) model and will be divided into three categories namely; large, medium and small.
Large stations will sit on land above 10 acres and will contain ATMs, health clinics, 200 parking spaces for different types of vehicles, electric car charging points, electric fences, CCTV cameras, market stalls, and government offices among others.
Medium stations will sit on land measuring between six to 10 acres with facilities similar to the large facilities.
Small stations on the other hand will sit on land measuring three to six acres and will have sanitation facilities; restrooms/driver accommodation, parking, a restaurant, a health clinic and guard/security services.
Trucks will park on the roadside stations for free for the first two hours. Parking between two to eight hours will cost Ksh200 as per the proposals.
Truck parking fee on a roadside station for 24 hours will be set at Ksh500.
Jumpstarting a battery at a roadside station, on the other hand, will cost motorists Ksh200. Tire inflation and restroom services will be offered for free.
The application fee to develop a roadside station was set at Ksh20,000 while the annual renewal of a licence was proposed at Ksh100,000.
With the establishment of roadside stations, the government is aiming to do away with the parking of vehicles, especially long-distance ones such as trucks along the highways. Such parking as often puts other road users at risk as they block the views of drivers.
Trucks which park on the road shoulders will pay a fine of Ksh30,000.
Parking outside the set roadside station will also attract a fine of Ksh30,000.
An aerial view of a roadside station along a highway in Japan.