May 28, 2022
Vehicles awaiting inspection at the NTSA centre.
  • The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in conjunction with the Automobile Association of Kenya (AA Kenya) is seeking to change a crucial rule on the testing of Kenyan drivers.

    In a proposed law tabled in Parliament, AA Kenya is seeking to reduce the period in which those who fail the test are allowed to re-test by 14 days.

    Under the current law, all drivers who fail the test are only allowed to do a repeat in 21 days. The duration may, however, reduce to just seven days if the new Bill sail through the House.

    In a statement that NTSA shared in Parliament, the agency confirmed that it had given a go-ahead to the association to make the changes.

    Vehicles awaiting inspection at the NTSA centre.

    “The Authority concurs with AA Kenya’s proposal to review the retesting period from 21 days to seven days for students who have taken the test and failed,†stated NTSA.

    In the training, the trainees are expected to master all aspects of safety including what individual signs mean to ensure sanity on the road.

    This comes at a time when accidents across the country are on the rise with unqualified drivers partly to blame for the worrying trend.

    In a recent statement, the authority admitted that most of the accidents recorded in Kenya and across the world were attributed to poor driving.

    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 2.5 million people die annually in
    road traffic crashes while ten times this number end up maimed worldwide. In Kenya, over 3,000 people perish as a result of road crashes.

    In January 2022, the NTSA reported that 60 people were fatally injured in road accidents since the beginning of the year. 

    NTSA is also looking to review the driving curriculum across the country to include additional modules.

    National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Director-General George Njao.
    National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Director-General George Njao.
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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