The National Safety and Transport Authority(NTSA) is set to automate theory driving tests. This move is aimed at enhancing the integrity of driving tests in Kenya. In the recent past, there have been several cases of bribery where examiners have been asking for bribes from those undertaking the tests.
— NTSA KENYA (@ntsa_kenya) July 27, 2022
Automation of theory driving tests is a step in taming road carnages as bribery has led to unqualified and undeserving persons holding driving licenses. Data from NTSA shows that a majority of accidents on Kenyan roads are caused by negligence and human error some of which are traced back to poor training.
This project is being rolled out by NTSA in collaboration with the European Union (EU). In terms of driver training, it will focus on exposing drivers to a uniform curriculum that will even involve the use of simulators. Simulators are more prevalent in the training of pilots worldwide. NTSA says that it is confident that this new curriculum will impact the requisite knowledge and skills of trainees all geared towards a decrease in road carnages in Kenya. One feature of the new system is reduced human interaction which in turn instills the right attitude in trainee drivers.
NTSA on 31st August posted a Request for Expression of Interest on its website under tender number; NTSA/EOI-001/2022-2023 – Request for expression of interest for the provision of consultancy services for the design, implementation, and setting up of a model automated driver testing solution in Kenya.
The driving curriculum is being launched as part of compliance with the Traffic (Driving Schools, Driving Instructors, and Driving Licence) Rules, 2020.