NTSA on the spot for clearing faulty vehicles

The National Transport and Safety Authority is on the spot for allegedly clearing faulty vehicles to operate on the roads.

One NTSA officer is currently under investigation after he allegedly received a bribe to certify an unroadworthy vehicle.

This comes as it emerged that the role of traffic enforcement is yet to be transferred to the police traffic department following the disbandment of NTSA.

According to traffic commandant Samuel Kimaru, the traffic department lacks the legal backing to fully enforce road regulations as the authority still lies with the county commanders months after NTSA was disbanded and the responsibility transferred to the police traffic department.

Transport Principal Secretary Paul Mwangi who was appearing before the national assembly transport committee to explain the increase in road accidents, admitted the traffic department is yet to fully have the legal mandate to carrying out enforcement.

At the same time it emerged that a section of officers of the national transport safety authority could be behind the increase in faulty vehicles operating on the roads.

One NTSA officer in Thika was nabbed moments after he inspected and cleared an unroadworthy vehicle to operate.

Road safety association of Kenya chairman David Kiarie is accusing NTSA of allegedly receiving bribes to clearly faulty vehicles which puts the lives of road users at risk.

They are calling for NTSA to fully surrender the work of traffic enforcement to the police traffic department to ensure efficient enforcement of road safety regulations.

  

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