Hundreds of driving schools to be shut in a clean-up exercise

Hundreds of driving schools to be shut in a clean-up exercise

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has embarked on a clean-up exercise to shut down unregulated driving schools in the country.

It has directed over 500 schools to reapply their operating licenses and will issue compliances licenses to those who qualify as it comes up with a set of new rules.

Those that fail to meet the infrastructure and staff qualification expectations will be forced to close shop.

The move comes amid a petition filed at the courts by the Kenya Driving Schools Association (KDSA) seeking to block NTSA from implementing the new rules. This petition by KDSA, which is the second attempt in five years, claims that it has 700 paid members, most facing closure if the rules are forced.

According to the new rules, NTSA will send officials to inspect each driving school with the aim of ascertaining that the staff and infrastructure requirements are met before fresh licences are issued.

The driving schools will also be required to have waiting areas, management offices, washrooms and theory classrooms that can hold a capacity of at least four students sitting at least one square metre apart with a town model board. They must also have a town model board and road sign posters approved by the NTSA.

Driving tutors will be required to have gotten a mean grade of at least D minus in their KCSE, a certificate in computer studies or a similar qualification.

The minimum number of instructors per driving school will also be set at two.

The Driving schools will be required to submit their annual reports to the NTSA by the end of January each year.

This will be the second time the regulator will be conducting a mop-up exercise in two years after it revoked 51 driving school licenses.

The schools were revoked due to failure to provide documents required for the validation exercise that commenced in April 2019.

The schools which have been revoked include:

Nairobi

Charkar Trade Company- Embakasi

Ganatra Plant and Equipment Training Institute Limited –Baba DogoRoad

Kifaru Driving School -Eastleigh

Motory cycle Riding School (K) Limited Ngara

Printax Driving School –Village Market

Safe Link Driving School- Ruaraka

Sony Driving School -Ongata Rongai

World International Driving- Donholm

Embu

NationWide Driving School

Mike Saba Driving School

Jabs Driving School

Kisii and Kisumu

Imperial Driving School – Rongo, Kisii

Samtech Driving School – Kisumu

KwachDrivingSchool – Kisumu

Leach Driving School – Kisumu

Captain Driving School – Kisumu

Bungoma and Mombasa

Sayona Driving School – Bungoma

Gakara Driving School

Iqra Driving School

Isma Driving School and Computer Services

Meru and Marsabit

Turima Driving School – Meru

Marsabit Driving School

Nakuru

Mercy Driving School

Motorcycle Riding School

Kareu Hardware Driving School

Rift Valley Institute of Business Studies

Batian Driving School -Naivasha

Uasin Gishu, Thika, Kiambu and Garissa

Camy Driving School- Eldoret

LifeStyle Driving School- Ngariga

Baraka Driving School -Kimbimbi

Geombuki Driving School-Branch- Thika

Digitex Driving School -Thika

Thogoto Technology- Kikuyu

Gakuyo Plant Operators Driving School- Thika

Aha Driving School Limited -Thika

Nyaga Youth Polytechnic Driving School -Ngewa

Excel Driving School -Garissa

Petanns Driving School And Computer College Limited -Ruaka

St.Kizito Driving school- Mwihoko

Waki Driving School- Gatundu

Shanik Driving School -Thika

Batian Driving School- Makuyu

Sony Driving School Muranga-Kenol

Angelica Ventures Company Limited -Thika

Joho Driving School Limuru-Town

Denis Motor Vehicle Training and Driving School -Matuu

Ithoka Driving School Mwingi

Machakos

Amon Driving School

Double Vision Driving School

Kaewa Technical Training & Driving School

Autotech Automobile Driving School Kitengela-Namanga

NTSA is tasked with licensing drivers, formulating and reviewing the driving school curriculum, vide section 4(2)(i) and (j) of the National Transport and Safety Authority Act, 2012.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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