New rules bar elderly drivers from the road

Are you a driver? If yes, how old are you? This previously irrelevant question could become a game changer as the Government introduces a new law to govern the transport sector. "

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has proposed a raft of regulations that could be a major departure from traditional ways of managing transport in the country.

If the proposed regulations are adopted and gazetted, it will mean that you can no longer drive Public Service Vehicles (PSV’s) or heavy commercial vehicles after you hit 55 years old.

Similarly, all drivers of PSV’s, heavy commercial vehicles, including those carrying special substances like petroleum and gas, will undergo a special training away from other drivers and would be required to obtain special licences because of the nature of goods they handle.

These proposals by the National Transport and Safety Authority have already been forwarded to Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau for consideration and action.

Drivers of private vehicles who are above 65 years will also have to meet certain medical conditions every year for their driving licences to be considered for renewal.  These, The Standard on Saturday established, are some of the steps the Government will be taking to transform the transport sector.

Speaking to The Standard on Saturday, NTSA Chairman Lee Kinyanjui confirmed his authority has already prepared the proposals and submitted the same to Mr Kamau for approval.

Once approved by the Secretary, the regulations will be taken to the office of the Attorney General Githu Muigai for gazettement.

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The law allows the Transport Secretary to come up with certain regulations as may be necessary to help the ministry achieve its mandate.

Mr Kinyanjui said it had become necessary to regulate who can hold what type of driving licence for a number of reasons.

source: Standardmedia

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