NTSA sparks row with shutdown of police driving test units

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[li]The NTSA has moved all driving test operations to its centre in Industrial Area, sparking war with driving schools.[/li][li]Driver testing was a function of the police prior to the setting up of the NTSA in 2012.[/li][li]NTSA’s decision means the three driving tests in Karen, Jogoo Road and Ruaraka on Thika Road will no longer be in operation.[/li][li]The Kenya Driving Schools Association (KDSA) says NTSA’s Likoni Road facility is too small to accommodate all driving tests, and that it does not have adequate driving sites and facilities to carry out examination of motorists.[/li][/ul]
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The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has shut down the three driver examination facilities in Nairobi under the Kenya Police and moved all driving test operations to its motor vehicle inspection centre in Industrial Area.

The move has sparked a war with driving schools.

The NTSA on June 27 issued a letter abolishing the three driver examination facilities, citing shifting of driver testing functions from the National Police Service to the agency in line with the law.

Driver testing was a function of the police prior to the setting up of the NTSA in 2012.

The NTSA’s move has however sparked a vicious war with driving schools which now hold that the move is unlawful as crucial stakeholders — members of the public and driving schools — were not consulted on the move or given an opportunity to raise their concerns.

The Kenya Driving Schools Association (KDSA) says NTSA’s Likoni Road facility is too small to accommodate all driving tests, and that it does not have adequate driving sites and facilities to carry out examination of motorists.

The KDSA’s war with the NTSA has been revealed in a High Court petition filed by the former.

The KDSA says in its petition that the move also violates an order issued by Nakuru judge Janet Mulwa, which barred the NTSA from interfering with the operation and curriculum of driving schools.

The NTSA is yet to respond to the fresh suit.

“The proposed new examination centre along Likoni Road, Industrial Area is not an examination centre and it does not have capacity, driving sites or facilities to undertake driver testing as it is a motor vehicle inspection centre,” KDSA chairman John Mwatha says in the suit documents.

“In addition to the proposed examination centre lacking facilities, there will be congestion and it is unfair for the NTSA to have only one examination centre in Nairobi and to abolish the three existing centres. The decision has not been authorised by the Cabinet secretary in charge of transport.”

The NTSA’s decision means the three driving tests in Karen, Jogoo Road and Ruaraka on Thika Road will no longer be in operation.

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Unatoa aje mtu nyama kwa mdomo?

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Hii NTSA sasa inaanza kuwa too much! Ati they will charge those who litter the roads. I hate people who litter, but since when did that fall under the purview of NTSA? Ama is it because they are in charge of (someone put that something here that would give them that responsibility, however far-fetched!)?

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Someone must do it and if Kidero has shirked that responsibility let NTSA do it.

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This mandate only covers Nairobi?

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katiba my fren. NTSA was to take over all traffic duties from KRA and Traffic police. They eve requested some police to be attached to NTSA permanently.

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hapo napo they’ve gone outside their mandate, that should be the work of NEMA and the local authorities (read county governments)

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Kuna mtu ameenda na nyama yote na sufuria.

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Kwani hii sheria only applies in Nyairofi

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It starts with the capital city spreading outwards.

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I know of some gsu guys attached to that unit, they deal with rubble rousers quite well.

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Hahaha…polisi wa traffic watakipata kweli

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This is an extract from NTSA’s strategic plan for 2014-2018.

Strategic Objective:
Enhance Revenue Collection Streams

Goal:
Identify & actualize other legal Revenue streams.

Indicator:
Present recommendations on modalities of introducing new revenue streams

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what the hell???

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One thing’s almost certain: they have no capacity. Just like they’ve been unable to inspect ALL vehicles older than 4yrs from manufacture date as the law requires.

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check comment ya okiya. their plan is just to raise revenue and more revenue. That’s why they are waking up fining anything and everyone. and taking up the traffic police toll stations.

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Chances are it won’t exactly work. Just like their roadside courts died a natural death.

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:D:D Nikujipanga my friend.

Maybe they should’ve designated those sites as NTSA testing facilities then upgrade.

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and these fines they come up with every now and then, aren’t they supposed to be approved by Parliament?