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MOA pushing to establish driving school for PSV, commercial drivers

In a bid to combat rising cases of fatal accidents along major Kenyan roads, Matatu Owners Association (MOA) is now pushing to establish a driving school to offer refresher courses to public service vehicle (PSV) and commercial drivers.

Matatu Owners Association (MOA) chairman Albert Karakacha revealed that they are in talks with the government to establish the facility for enhanced driving skills to drivers.

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Besides the clinics that the association has been conducting in various parts of the country sensitizing drivers and motorists on better road usage, Karakacha revealed that the driving school will further instill discipline among drivers which will help reduce accidents.

Speaking during the handover of King Long Minibus to Kisumu Kangaroo Sacco by GB Auto, a prominent automotive player, the transport industry players at the same time called for a concerted and collaborative National Road Safety Campaigns to reduce the rampant road carnage.

Ireri Rotich, the sales manager at GB Auto noted that the collaborative efforts between different stakeholders will see accidents reduce and implored drivers to desist from drunk driving, speeding, and carrying excess passengers and adhere to laid down traffic rules to safeguard the precious lives of passengers.

Invisible road signs and careless driving are among the reasons blamed for the rising number of accidents.

According to NTSA reports road accidents across the country have claimed 563 lives since the year started.

The statistics are an increase compared to deaths recorded during the same period in 2023 which stood at 537. Pedestrians lead in fatalities with 216, compared with 163 recorded last year.

KBC Correspondent
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