The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has issued new traffic rules which it says are aimed at reducing the continuous increase in road carnage in Kenya.
In the new rules, all Public Service Vehicles (PSV) will be required to be fitted with digital speed governors that will be relaying real-time information to authorities.
According to NTSA, all drives of PSVs will be required to undergo mandatory training every three years for both physical and mental examination.
The government is planning to revalidate licenses to all driving schools over concerns that most of them that have mushroomed across the country are offering substandard training to drivers.
All driving schools will be required to adopt a new curriculum for training and testing of both vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders.
New driving license will be introduced. The new licenses will be rolled out basing on the rating of the driver according to the number of road offenses committed.
The government is set to establish county transport and safety committees to cater for county-specific road safety needs.
There shall be a revised vehicle body construction standard (KS372-2014) to streamline body structures of these vehicles.
All vehicles above four years from the date of manufacture will be required to undergo a mandatory annual motor inspection.
There shall be an annual emission testing for PSVs and biennially for private vehicles that will be five years old.
Going forward, motorists who commit offenses will be fined instantly. There shall also be the introduction of new registration number plates that will restrain counterfeits and duplication of the same.
According to stats from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), at least 3,000 Kenyans die annually due to road accidents.
Most of the road accidents in Kenya have been blamed on poor infrastructure or incompetence on the part of drivers and vehicle owners.
Concerns have also been raised over the increasing deaths and injuries from motorbike riders and passengers with calls for the sector to be regulated.