Government lifts the ban on oil tankers operating at night

An oil tanker parking alongside a road

The truck drivers will now be required to have a journey plan for each trip and will be allowed to drive continuously for a maximum of eight hours in a day.

This follows the new regulation that strikes away earlier measure that had barred tracks ferrying petroleum products from operating between 6:30pm and 6:30am.

Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes has now signed fresh regulations will now allow the trucks to operate at night again.

“The principal regulations are amended in regulation 8 by deleting paragraph (k) and substituting therefore the following new paragraph operate during the day and night,” read the regulations.

In April 2017, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) with the thenacting director petroleum Edward Kinyua said the move which was meant to enhance safety may turn counter-productive if truck drivers are allowed to park where dusk finds them, posing even more danger to the public.

The tankers will now be required to have a line of reflective tape along the entire horizonta length of the left and right side of the tank as well as across their rear side to ease identification in darkness. Tanker owners will also be required to install a tracking device for monitoring, under the new regulations.

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