10 New NTSA Rules All Motorists Should Be Aware Of

  • The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) earlier on issued ten strict guidelines on motor vehicle inspection as it acts towards curbing the frequent road carnage.

    According to the new requirements, all private vehicles that are more than four years old will now be inspected after every two years.

    All vehicles involved in an accident may be subjected to a motor vehicle inspection test.

    Vehicles which undergo any changes in the length, height, width, maximum payload, color, engine swap, and other major structural or mechanical changes shall be subject to a modification inspection.

    Additionally, commercial, public service, driving school vehicles, and school buses shall undergo a preregistration inspection before registration and an annual periodic vehicle inspection thereafter.

    The new rules also require vehicles to be inspected for safety requirements in accordance with Kenya Standard 1515 and any other standard adopted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards from time to time and any other relevant legislation.

    All salvage vehicles will also be subjected to inspection after repairs and an annual periodic inspection thereafter.

    A person interested in becoming a vehicle inspector will make an application to the NTSA and meet all requirements set out in the regulations.

    The authority shall licence privately-owned vehicle inspection centers to conduct motor vehicle inspection tests on its behalf.

    NTSA will also only issue a privately-owned vehicle inspection center licence to the applicant if it is satisfied that the proposed centre meets the space and equipment required and is not engaged in the business of repairing vehicles at the inspection centre.

    A privately owned vehicle inspection centre licence shall only authorise the use as the inspection centre the premises named therein and no other premises shall be considered to be so authorised by such a licence.

    NTSA will be expected to routinely inspect the centres to check their suitability to perform inspections for the types of motor vehicles specified in the licence, compliance or adherence to procedures contained in the centre operating manual, adequacy of record management, qualifications of persons engaged in vehicle inspection and investigate complaints received from customers.