Ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion charges set for re­view af­ter 22 years

NTSA to hold pub­lic fo­rums in Nakuru, Ny­eri, Mom­basa and Nairobi ahead of im­ple­men­ta­tion

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The Na­tional Trans­port and Safety Au­thor­ity (NTSA) is set to re­view its com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in­spec­tion fees, which cur­rently stand at Sh1,000.

NTSA di­rec­tor-gen­eral Fran­cis Meja said the agency en­gage the pub­lic in plans to re­view the fees in the com­ing weeks, with an in­crease likely to be on the cards, es­pe­cially for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

Cur­rently, the pre­scribed fee is Sh1,000 for all cat­e­gory of ve­hi­cles re­gard­less of class, size and type.

“This has been ne­ces­si­tated by the fact that the fee was last re­viewed 22 years ago (in 1995) and in view of this, there is a need to re­view of the cur­rent fee for all cat­e­gories of mo­tor ve­hi­cles,” he told the Busi­ness Daily.

“The cost cur­rently in­curred to by the au­thor­ity to in­spect a mo­tor ve­hi­cle is much more than the fee charged.”

The NTSA is man­dated to con­duct mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion but dif­fer­ent in­sur­ance com­pa­nies also do so be­fore is­suance of cover or pay­ing out claims.

The agency took over this role from the po­lice in 2013 dur­ing the tran­si­tion to the de­vo­lu­tion.

The pub­lic fo­rums have been cat­e­gorised into four re­gions to cover Nakuru, Ny­eri, Mom­basa and Nairobi from to­day to Novem­ber 21 (next Tues­day).

The pub­lic in Nakuru would meet at the Nuru Palace Ho­tel, while those in Ny­eri, Mom­basa and Nairobi would gather at Green Hills Ho­tels, Kenya School of Gov­ern­ment and the Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Centre re­spec­tively.

This comes as the NTSA is set to mod­ernise its in­spec­tion cen­tres at a cost of Sh2 bil­lion to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery.

The move aims to in­crease the au­thor­ity’s in­spec­tion ca­pac­ity from the cur­rent 400,000 ve­hi­cles per year to two mil­lion ve­hi­cles an­nu­ally.

NTSA in­spec­tion di­rec­tor Ger­ald Wan­gai said the up­grade in­cludes the pur­chase of new equip­ment and im­prov­ing cur­rent in­fra­struc­ture.

“The mod­erni­sa­tion process would go a long way in re­duc­ing the wait­ing time be­tween in­spec­tion of a ve­hi­cle and pro­vi­sion of a sta­tus re­port to 30 min­utes,” he said.

“Many of the in­spec­tion sites we in­her­ited from the po­lice in 2013 were in poor state hence the rea­son why we want to re­fur­bish them to in­crease ef­fi­ciency and of money the NTSA plans to spend in mod­ernising its in­spec­tion cen­tres to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery ef­fec­tive­ness.”

The up­grade is be­ing done in phases and has al­ready started in on Mom­basa Road and Likoni Road in Nairobi be­fore be­ing rolled out coun­try­wide.

This comes as the pro­posed smart traf­fic con­trol sys­tem for Nairobi is ex­pected to go live in just over two years.

Of­fi­cials said in Oc­to­ber that the plan seeks to ease con­ges­tion on key city roads at an es­ti­mated cost of Sh1.88 bil­lion.

Dubbed the Nairobi In­tel­li­gent Traf­fic Sys­tem (ITS), the plan is 80 per cent funded by the World Bank and is bench­marked on the traf­fic flow man­age­ment in the UK.

The ITS project will see traf­fic con­trol tech­nolo­gies such as in­tel­li­gent traf­fic lights, road mark­ings and sig­nage in­stalled at 100 of about 400 in­ter­sec­tions dur­ing its first phase.

Ger­man mo­bil­ity firm HP Gauff, its traf­fic engi­neer­ing coun­ter­part Schlothauer & Wauer and UK’S Wyg In­ter­na­tional, won the Sh480 mil­lion con­sul­tancy deal in Jan­uary to de­velop a draft de­sign for the project.



COM­PLI­ANCE An NTSA o icial in­spects a pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cle in El­doret.

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