The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is proposing privatisation of the motor vehicle inspection sector to help in decongesting government-owned vehicle inspection centres.
Acoording to Wilfred Obiego, a director at NTSA, privatisation of the motor inspection centres would help in reducing the unbearable queues witnessed at the government inspection centres.
Obiego, who was speaking during a public participation on the motor vehicle inspection regulation 2019 draft in Nyahururu, said the move would also help in creating employment opportunities.
“Our aim is to curb overcrowding of motor vehicles at the inspection centers by allowing private investors to come up with privately owned inspection centres,” he said.
Obiego added that NTSA will also increase the number of government inspection centres and motor vehicle owners to get services at both the government and the private centres without limitations.
“We will set put up two to three inspection centres in counties, based on the number of motor vehicle numbers. This is a plan to support the Big 4 agenda by partnering with the government to put more money in people’s pockets,” he said.
According to the proposed regulations, NTSA would only consider applications for privately owned vehicle inspection centres when the tenders are advertised.
Applicants will have to meet space and equipment requirements and not engaged in the business of repair of vehicles at the inspection centre as stipulated in the regulation.
Obiego further said that the inspection fee had already been considered in the regulations urging the saccos to embrace the regulations that were to create jobs and also decongest the inspection centres.