In Summary
  • NTSA had last November given PSV operators up to March 1 to fit their vehicles with these gadgets.
  • Last week, outgoing NTSA director-general Francis Meja said PSVs will only be expected to comply with the new rule when going for inspection.

A roads agency has made an about-turn on a directive to Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators to fit their vehicles with speed governors that relay data in real-time to its database, in a move aimed at taming road accidents.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) had last November given PSV operators up to March 1 to fit their vehicles with these gadgets. The deadline was then extended to June and later to August 5.

Last week, outgoing NTSA director-general Francis Meja said PSVs will only be expected to comply with the new rule when going for inspection.

“It’s a gradual process. All vehicles will be expected to comply when going for inspection,” Mr Meja told Sunday Nation.

“Due to lack of enforcement mechanism of the new speed governors, matatu owners are renewing the old licences at Sh5,000. At times, only permits are displayed on the windscreen but there is no physical gadget installed,” said a source based at NTSA who was not willing to be quoted due to the sensitivity of the matter.

At the same time, a road safety lobby group has refuted claims that the delay in introducing new speed limiters has been caused by officers from NTSA.

Roads Safety Association of Kenya chairman David Kiarie Njoroge says those agitating for speedy implementation and enforcement of the new system are selfish, adding that some gadgets are yet to fully undergo testing by the authority.

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