Mandatory Re-Test For All PSV, Commercial Vehicle Drivers By NTSA

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BY ESTHER MUTURI

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has started a re-test of all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) and commercial vehicle drivers.

According to NTSA in a statement released on Monday, the exercise will be mandatory and will be conducted every three years before a commercial driver renews their license.

The re-test is a pre-requisite for renewal of driving licenses with class endorsement(s); 83, D1, D2, D3, C, Cl. CE and CD. 2.

These classes comprise drivers of commercial and school buses, matatus, and taxis.

The re-tests are set to be conducted in all NTSA Driver Test Units and drivers will be required to apply online via their e-citizen account at a fee of Ksh.1,050.

It involves the administration of both written theory exams and oral submissions. The questions are drawn from the content provided in the Curriculum for driver training and testing.

The re-test results will then be processed within 24 hours of administration and a driver will have the chance to re-sit in the event they fail the test.

In the statement, NTSA said the driver may undergo refresher training at a driving school of choice before taking the re-test or upon failing the exam.

NTSA Deputy Director and Head of Safety Compliance, Driver Training, and Testing Wilson Tuigong has revealed that the exercise has raised concerns about the fitness of most of the drivers, as just 18 percent of those between 9th June and 16th June had passed the written and applied theory tests.

Tuigong said out of the 302 drivers tested, only 54 had passed.

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