Probox ferrying 13 students impounded by NTSA, driver arrested

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 14 May, 2024 16:24 | 2 mins read
Driver arrested as NTSA impound probox ferrying 13 students
Driver arrested as NTSA impound probox ferrying 13 students. PHOTO/@NTSA/X

A driver caught ferrying 13 students was on Tuesday arrested by officials drawn from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

In a statement, the transport authority said the vehicle ferrying the tens of students was impounded along Kitale - Kapenguria Road.

The driver arrested is currently cooling his heels in police custody pending arraignment.

“Vehicle found ferrying 13 students impounded along Kitale - Kapenguria Road. The driver has been arrested and will be charged,” NTSA said.

The officials further called for vigilance and implored motorists to be mindful of children's safety as they return to school.

"We urge motorists to be cognizant of the safety of our children. Pamoja tuhakikishe watoto wetu wamefike shuleni salama,” the statement reads in parts.

Earlier, the transport authority had outlined strict measures for schools amid road safety compliance checks countrywide.

The authority conducted compliance checks on highways including Mombasa-Nairobi, Narok-Nairobi, Sotik-Kisii, Kimilil-Chwele and Kisii-Migori.

In a move meant to enhance road safety for learners as they resume school, the transport authority announced that all school transport vehicles should have a functional speed limiter onboarded to the NTSA Intelligence Road Safety Management System (RSMS).

"Learning institutions/School transport vehicles undergoing road safety compliance checks in various parts of the country," NTSA said on Monday.

The authority also noted that all vehicles should have a valid inspection certificate and a valid Road Service Licence (RSL) and warned against overloading.

Similarly, NTSA said all school transport vehicles must have functional seatbelts and valid vehicle insurance.

The road agency added that school transport vehicle drivers must have the requisite DL class endorsement and a valid PSV badge. They also highlighted that all school administration must put measures to ensure full compliance with the requirements of the Traffic Act and PSV regulations.

Further, NTSA called on motorists to be vigilant on roads and consider other road users and children reporting back to school.

"School administration MUST put in place measures to ensure full Compliance with the requirements of the Traffic Act and the PSV regulations. We urge all motorists to be cautious and be mindful of other road users as children go back to school," NTSA added.

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