Is it an offence not to carry a driving license? Should I allow a police officer in my car?
Kenyan's in their peculiarity will seek advice from all sources; They will ask everybody from a lunatic to the witch-doctor except the authentic source. A recent video that went viral portrays a motorist arguing angrily with 2 police officers justifying how he is allowed to drive without carrying a valid license and that the officers are not supposed to step into his vehicle. Before you play bad-ass to your own peril it is important to listen from the horses mouth. What does the law of the land say about these issues?
Traffic Act (CAP 403)
36. Production of driving licence on demand
(1) Any person driving a motor vehicle on a road shall carry his driving licence or provisional licence, and, on being so required by a police officer, produce it for examination.
2)For the purposes of this section, “driving licence or provisional licence” includes such other evidence as will satisfy the police that there is no contravention of section 30.
(3)Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with this section shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand shillings.
105. Inspection of vehicles
(1) It shall be lawful for any police officer in uniform to stop any vehicle, and for any police officer, licensing officer or inspector—
(a)to enter any vehicle;
(b) to drive any vehicle or cause any vehicle to be driven;
(c)upon reasonable suspicion of any offence under this Act, to order and require the owner of any vehicle to bring the vehicle to him,
Validity of licenses & permits
(1) The following licences and permits shall be deemed to be driving licences in respect of the class or classes of vehicles for which they are issued,& throughout the period of their validity, except where otherwise hereinafter specified.