The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has kicked off a re-test for all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) and commercial vehicle drivers
According to a statement released on Monday, NTSA has made the periodic retest mandatory, to be conducted every three years before drivers can renew their licenses.
“The re-test is for commercial and public service vehicle drivers and is a pre-requisite for renewal of driving licences with class endorsement(s); 83, D1, D2, D3, C, Cl. CE and CD. 2. The re-test shall be conducted every three years upon the expiry of driving licences with class endorsement (s): B3, DI, D2, D3, C, Cl. CE and CD,” said the authority.
These categories include drivers of commercial buses, school buses, matatus, and taxis.
The re-tests are conducted at all NTSA Driver Test Units, and drivers will need to apply online through their e-citizen account.
The application fee is set at Ksh.1,050.
During the re-test process, drivers will undergo both a written theory exam and oral submissions.
The questions will be based on the content provided in the driver training and testing curriculum, as stated by the NTSA.
The re-test results will be processed within 24 hours, and in case of failure, drivers will have the opportunity to retake the test.
The statement also indicated that drivers have the option to undergo refresher training at a driving school of their choice before taking the re-test or after failing the exam.
NTSA’s Deputy Director and Head of Safety Compliance, Driver Training, and Testing, Wilson Tuigong, expressed concerns about the fitness majority of the drivers.
Tuigong revealed that out of the 302 drivers tested between June 9 and June 16, only 54 (18 percent) managed to pass the written and applied theory tests, .