NTSA starts vetting driving schools, PSV operators to curb accidents

The transport authority has started vetting PSV operators and driving schools in its quest to restore sanity after many deadly crashes.

In a notice on Tuesday, Francis Meja, Director General of the National Transport and Safety Authority, asked all PSV operators to download the vetting from from its website.

All filled forms should be submitted to their offices within 14 days.

“Failure to submit the forms within the stipulated time will lead to cancellation of the operator’s licence,” he warned, adding operators will be held responsible for any misinformation.

An inter-agency task force, comprising the NTSA and the Interior and Transport ministries, will vet the public service vehicle operators.

“The exercise will ensure improved compliance by saccos and companies with the aim of preregistering those not conforming to laws and regulations,” Meja said.

“The objective of this exercise is to address the high rate of crashes attributed to the incompetency of drivers.”

He added driving schools that have not met standards will be weeded out.

Last week, the authority asked the public for opinions on the ongoing review of the draft of vehicle inspection regulations.

Forums on the draft, which will aid certification of vehicles, will be held from March 5 to 28 in Nyeri, Embu, Meru, Garissa, Thika, Nyahururu, Nakuru, and Kericho.

Meetings will also take place in Kisii, Kisumu, Kakamega, Kitale, Eldoret, Nairobi, Mombasa, Voi, and Machakos.

In December last year, when at least 330 people died in accidents in several parts, the government announced a raft of measures targeting traffic police, driving schools and drivers.

Their ages and health of drivers will be checked before they acquire new digital driving licences.

Drivers will be retrained and their licences withdrawn should they flout traffic rules.

Author: STN News

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