Driving schools to be de-registered in bid to curb accidents, says Matiang’i


Nairobi, KENYA: Driving schools across the country will be undergoing deregistration and re-registered again as a measure by the government to curb road accidents that have been on the increase in the recent past.

In a joint press briefing in Nairobi, Transport CS Dr. James Macharia and Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi said that the exercise will commence from January whereby the National Transport and Safety Authority will provide a criteria, where the principal secretaries from the ministry of interior and ministry of transport will within seven days formulate a team to oversee the success of the De-registration and Re-registration drive.

Matiangi said that there is a need for those driving schools in the country to be de-registered so as to bring sanity in the sector, indicating the increase of road accidents is as a result of poor learning skills imparted to learners in those driving schools.

“We have to be firm on driving schools in the country.My proposal is this, we have to de-register and re-register them afresh so that we know who is qualified to run a driving school.” Dr. Matiangi said.

“Because we are giving driving licenses to murderers .” Dr. Matiangi added

Matiangi said that his Ministry will do a review in the traffic police department in order to rectify any mess in the transport sector especially on enforcement of the law.

“We are reviewing entire police department, the process is going on .”Dr. Matiangi said.

He raised concerns over the judiciary, following the orders the courts keep on giving to police who are suspended making it difficult for his ministry to discipline rogue traffic police officers on road matters after they are served with orders.

On his part, CS Macharia said that his Ministry has formulated measures in a bid to curb accidents by mapping hot spots which are prone to accidents.

He said that the ministry has directed SACCOS to make sure that drivers must work for a maximum of eight hours, insisting that police and NTSA must crack down on the industry players who will flout the directive.

He warned that drivers who will be driving recklessly during this festive season their licenses will be revoked.

“All drivers found speeding, we have their licenses revoked,” said Macharia

He added that all drivers will be issued with new generation e-licenses as from January next year to help the ministry in creating a database which will ascertain the one number of drivers who commit traffic offenses warming that they will be subjected to a blacklist.

According to the Ministry of Transport, at least 180 people have died through fatal road accidents across the country as from December 1st.