The National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) has launched an inspection exercise of motor cars that are over four years old in a move that spells trouble for car owners.
The cars’ years are calculated from the date of manufacture.
This, therefore, means the Transport authority will inspect almost all vehicles on the roads, which are more than 3.2 million across the Kenyan roads.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho said that NTSA had, on May 10, started to enforce the Traffic Act on the inspection of vehicles.
Director of Administration at the Interior Ministry Paul Famba issued a memo to all heads of departments noting that NTSA will enforce Section 16(2) of the Traffic Act that calls for inspection of every car above four years from the date of manufacture regardless of ownership.
“The Act particularly provides that every vehicle more than four years old from the date of manufacture shall be subjected to inspection by the motor vehicle inspection unit,” read part of the memo dated May 10.
The transport body had penned to the Ministry asking for assistance to impose the segment of the law that was put in place in 2019.
“This, therefore, is to ask you to urgently arrange to have your cars inspected,” Famba noted in the memo issued on behalf of PS Kibicho.
The inspection is likely to cause more trouble for drivers since there are a limited number of approved inspection centers in the country.
Some motorists claim that authorities may use this rule to extort money and harass them.
According to NTSA, the owner of a car, which is set to be inspected shall, before the inspection is carried out, pay to a licensing agent the fee prescribed, therefore.
The transport agency had earlier said that the move was part of the efforts to curb the road carnage.