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Ban on use of siren by Ministers, govt officials still in force – Office of the President

The Office of the President says the directive on the abuse of the use of sirens by Ministers and other government officials which was first issued on 5th December 2017 is still in force.

A statement issued by the Office of the President said the ban on the use of sirens covers government appointees including Ministers and their Deputies, Regional Ministers and deputies, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, CEOs of Government Agencies, and officials of the Presidency unless otherwise designated.

Regulation 73(3) of LI 2180 clearly specified the categories of vehicles that a siren or bell may be fitted as a warning appliance. For ease of reference, the following categories are as follows:

1. A government vehicle used for official purposes by the Head of State
2. Police Vehicle
3. A motor vehicle used by the Fire Service
4. A motor vehicle used as an ambulance by a hospital or clinic
5. A motor vehicle used by other recognized Government security agencies and
6. A bullion vehicle registered by the Licensing Authority.

Any vehicles outside 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.


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