Driving schools rejects NTSA bid to replace traffic police with civilians as examiners

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Kenya Driving Schools have rejected the National Transport safety Authority (NTSA) bid to replace traffic police by civilians as examiners saying the move is illegal.

General Secretary Driving Schools Association Kenya Lucas Okaka said despite serving NTSA with three court orders they have gone ahead to implement their laws which have been rejected by the court.

Addressing the press in Busia , Okaka who is the proprietor of Ronny Driving School in Malaba said they will lead peaceful demonstrations in Nairobi if NTSA will defy court orders to implement the law.

” Parliament has not changes CAP 403 of the Laws of Kenya. We wonder why NTSA has come with their laws which has not passed through parliament.

We have invested a lot in this country have created many job opportunities. Which body approved the new examiners. We say no to such machinations,” he said.

NTSA and the Driving Schools Association have been at loggerheads over the introduction and implementation of a new curriculum, which stipulated new requirements for the institutions.

Under the new rules, driving schools are required to have at least 1.7 acre training yard, a classroom measuring 8 meters by 6 meters, the replacement of traffic police by civilians as examiners, and a comprehensive insurance cover for the training vehicles among others new requirements.

While the associations is not opposed to other new rules, the issue of replacing traffic police by civilians as examiners has received its wrath. They have vowed to resist any such attempts.

NTSA could have come up with the move to replace traffic police by civilians after some 69 drivers were ordered last year to go back to school after the transport authority revoked their licenses.

The NTSA made the move after a list of over 80 rogue drivers was submitted to them from the Traffic Commandant Jecinta Muthoni’s office.

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