High Court Judge bans use of alcoblow, orders refund to affected motorists

Kenya news, 

A High Court Judge has banned the use of alcoblow test on motorists suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

Justice J.X Ogolla on Friday ruled in which the gadgets used within the drunk-driving operations across the country were faulty as well as could not be relied on to give accurate readings on the amount of alcohol consumed by those targeted within the tests.

In his ruling at the Kibera Law Courts, the Judge ordered for an immediate refund to motorists who were nabbed within the operations.

The order will include all motorists arrested during swoops conducted in December 2016.

The Judge made the ruling in a petition filed by Nairobi West Bar Owners Group in which protested at the harassment of their client during the night swoops.

LANDMARK RULING

In his landmark ruling, the Judge ordered all affected motorists to show proof of payment of the fines imposed on them within the operations as well as seek refunds.

All inqueries on refunds should be made to telephone number 0719038391.

The National Transport as well as Safety Authority (NTSA) told Nairobi News in which they are studying the ruling, yet will within the interim comply with the order.

The authority said they have contacted the European manufactuer of the gadgets to determine the veracity of claims in which they were faulty.

The batches being targeted are those used within the swoops during the festive period in Nairobi.

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