The Office of the President has written to all Ministries and Departments of State to warn against the continuous abuse of sirens despite the existence of prohibitive laws.
In a 19th May letter, Ministers and their deputies, Regional Ministers and their deputies, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, CEOs of government agencies and officials of the Presidency unless otherwise designated were warned to stop carrying siren bells.
“Regulation 74 (3) of LI 2180 clearly specified the categories of vehicles that a siren bell may be fitted as a warning appliance,” the letter said.
It listed the category of vehicles as, “a government vehicle used for official purposes by the Head of State, a Police vehicle, a motor vehicle used by Fire Service, a motor vehicle used as an ambulance by a hospital or clinic and a motor vehicle used by other recognized government security agencies and a bullion vehicle registered by the Licensing Authority.”
“Any vehicle outside of the above-listed categories which is fitted with a siren or bell is thus in contravention of the law and the operator is liable for prosecution,’’ the letter said.