Several driving schools in countrywide are at risk of being shut down by the Government through the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). The closure exercise which will be undertaken by the NTSA, driving schools that do not meet the staff staff qualifications and the infrastructure guidelines as per the National Transport and Safety Authority.
However, the Authority will be issuing new operating licenses but again the licenses will be authorized to those meeting the new rules and regulations. The decision taken by the NTSA comes shortly after NTSA has been taken to the High court for the second after five years by the Kenya Driving Schools Association (KDSA) claiming to stop the new rules from being implemented by the NTSA. Following the Kenya Driving Schools Association report as petitioned, about 700 members are at risk of closure if the new rules will be effected. NTSA plans to sent its officials to every driving school countrywide on a mission to inspect and make sure that the schools meet infrastructure and staff requirement criterion before the new licenses are given to them.
For the driving schools to authorized with the new license they are required to:
- Must have a waiting room
- must have management offices
- Have theory classrooms and a modeled town board
- Be able to hold 4 students seated at 1 meter distance each
- Have clean washrooms
- must have approved road signs from NTSA.
- Have a minimum of two driving instructors.
In addition to these rules NTSA requires that, the driving schools to have qualified tutors who must have attained at least a D- (minus) in their KCSE exam. The tutors must also have done computer packages and awarded with a certified certificate of computer studies. The news rules were gazetted in Mach 2020 and now the NTSA seeks to implement them.
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