THE National Transport and Safety Authority will vet all driving colleges between January and March. NTSA chairperson Lee Kinyanjui said many driving schools lack qualified personnel and vehicles.
Addressing the press at Serena Hotel in Mombasa yesterday, Kinyanjui said the driving schools will be categorised according to the training they offer.
"We will make public all the driving schools that have the capacity to offer good training," he said. The increased road accidents have been attributed to careless driving and poor qualification of motorists.
NTSA said after the vetting, all the colleges will be licensed according to type of courses offered. Passengers Service Vehicles colleges will be different from commercial and heavy driving ones.
All colleges offering PSV courses will have a new standardised curriculum that will incorporate discipline and customer relations units. The two units will help ensure drivers are disciplined and qualified.
The authority has proposed an introduction of standardised testing for all tuk tuk drivers and motorcycle operators because they contribute to about 10 per cent of all road accidents. "We have an increased number of road accidents caused by motorcycles," Kinyanjui said.
NTSA has proposed special licences to all drivers dealing with hazardous cargo such as petrol and gases. All petroleum transporting companies will need to train their drivers before they are allowed to transport such cargo.
Schoolbuses will also be monitored and only qualified drivers will be authorised to drive them, especially to music and drama festivals. Kinyanjui said many schools have been employing retired drivers who cannot travel long distances. He said they still have a challenge to implement the proposals because of the National Transport and Safety Authority Act. Kinyanjui called for amendment of the Act so that they can be an independent body.