NTSA Reveals New Plan to Curb Rogue Motorists

  • A police officer engages a motorist during the NTSA crackdown on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
    A police officer engages a motorist during the NTSA crackdown on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
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  • The National Transport Services Authority (NTSA) has embarked on a new digital transformation strategy that would enhance the systems in place to reduce road carnage and hunt down rogue motorists across the country.

    The main aim of the new strategy is to ensure efficient service delivery while curbing the carnage on the road.

    According to the NTSA official website, the strategy will incorporate a new data centre, which will have an inbuilt design that will give rise to application systems, servers and storage infrastructure.

    An image of citizens getting services at NTSA offices
    An image of citizens getting services at NTSA offices
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    Further, the Authority will develop a new enterprise architecture that will ensure compliance of all motorists to international and regional standards. This means that all the systems will keep track of a vehicle's lifecycle management, vehicle inspection, operators management, drivers' licence management and offenses management. 

    Part of the new digital strategy will involve implementing a road data system. This will incorporate use of analytics in order to support formulation of evidence-based intervention. 

    In the case of efficiency, motorists will access all service portals on the NTSA website. This includes driver testing and licencing, motor vehicle registration, transfer of ownership, motor vehicle inspection as well as public service licence. 

    "The completion of the implementation of the digital transformation strategy shall result in digitalization of a majority if not all of NTSA services, enhanced security and integrity of data, elimination of human interactions and minimisation of paper work, thereby improving service delivery," read part of the statement on the site.

    Recently, NTSA officials alongside the police launched a crackdown targeting rogue motorists in the city.

    Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna affirmed that over 1,700 vehicles had been impounded in the past three days.

    “The government aims at eradicating those vehicles with expired or without PSV badge, drivers operating without uniform and a driver’s license, as well as other violations, including operating uninsured motor vehicles, excess pillion passengers, worn out tires, defective motor vehicles and those exceeding the speed limit,” he stated.

    He added that the inspections would continue in a bid to curb the carnage on the road.

    “As a government we must take action and cannot afford to relax when we are losing all these lives. Last year, at a time like now 612 lives had been lost, but now the number has escalated to 706 lives,” he noted.

    NTSA officials pictured inspecting a matatu on the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway in December 2019
    NTSA officials pictured inspecting a matatu on the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway in December 2019
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