Protests Erupt Over NTSA Driving License Rule

  • A crowd outside the National Transport and Safety Authority when detectives raided the premises on January 30, 2019
    A crowd outside the National Transport and Safety Authority when detectives raided the premises on January 30, 2019
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  • A section of Kenyans has protested the rule enforced by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) requiring drivers to wait for a period of two years before proceeding to another driving class.

    Drivers from Mombasa on Wednesday, September 30 staged protests outside the NTSA offices as they aired their grievances against the rule.

    The protestors mainly comprised of youth, claimed that the rule is aimed at frustrating them and stopping them from getting employment as drivers.

    Citizens at NTSA offices
    Citizens at NTSA offices

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke an NTSA representative, confirmed the law and issued a brief description of how it works.

    "Under the law, if for example you are undertaking a light vehicle license, when you get your driving licence, you have to drive on the road for two years before enrolling for higher driving classes.

    "For Public Service Vehicles (PSV) and Taxi you have to gain four years experience on the road under a lower driving class before getting the PSV license," explained the representative.

    Deputy National Chair for Driving Schools Association John Magaya hit out at NTSA for overstepping their mandate on the issuance of licences

    "We are appealing to NTSA, we feel they are misusing their powers. How can one undertake B license and is required to go back to school to get a class C license?

    "Who is checking NTSA, they have the system. Youth are crying and lamenting to driving schools, we have no peace," he noted.

    Joseph Munyokwi, one of the protestors claimed that he had been visiting NTSA offices for four years to get his license in vain.

    Evans Kawini revealed that he had spent Ksh. 20,000 in booking and paying for exams, but was denied the opportunity to sit for the exams.

    NTSA officials accompanied by police inspect a matatu in Nairobi in December 2019
    NTSA officials accompanied by police inspect a matatu in Nairobi in December 2019
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