Monday, July 15, 2024

Murkomen confirms the return of NTSA to curb accidents

Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen has confirmed the return of National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) so as to curb the rising number of accidents in the country.

Through a circular, the CS noted that NTSA will work hand in hand with National Police Service to enforce road safety in the country, a previous directive that was overturned by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Having consulted with my Interior and National Coordination colleague, Prof Kithure Kindiki, we are going to establish a mechanism where the previous directive to remove NTSA from enforcement will be vacated and a collaborative regime between NTSA and NPS will be put in place for a more efficient enforcement,” he said

“You will be seeing a return of the NTSA working with traffic police to enforce traffic safety on our roads as soon as possible.” he continued

Murkomen continued by revealing that NTSA will be tasked with ensuring that drivers are evaluated to establish if they are medically fit to drive a car.

“NTSA to put in place measures for the implementation of medical testing of all drivers as required by Section 1o5A(1) and (2) and Rule 30(4) of the Traffic (Driving Schools, Driving Instructors and Driving License) Rules 202 before the issuance of any new driving licences and renewal thereof to ensure that only drivers who are medically fit are licensed to drive,” said the CS

Also confirmed by the CS was re-testing of all PSV and heavy commercial drivers, a directive that was suspended last year.

“The re-testing of all PSV and heavy commercial drivers, that had been postponed after an outcry from the sector, will now be implemented without further delay. All stakeholders are expected to comply and cooperate,” he said

The CS was speaking as he called on drivers to exercise caution ahead of the Easter festivals.

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