NTSA Message to Drivers Ahead of School Closure

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The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is emphasizing the importance of safeguarding students’ safety on the roads by urging drivers to adhere strictly to traffic regulations ahead of school closure.

Students from various parts of the country have commenced their journeys home for the April holiday period.

In a statement released on Friday via X , NTSA outlined five essential prerequisites that school transportation must fulfill before commencing the transportation of students back to their homes.

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“During this holiday season, it’s crucial to remember that school transport, just like all other Public Service Vehicles, must possess a valid Road Service License (RSL),” reiterated NTSA in their statement on Friday.

NTSA emphasized that school transportation vehicles must also possess a valid inspection certificate and be equipped with a functional speed limiter.

Furthermore, NTSA stressed the necessity for drivers to hold the appropriate Driver’s License class endorsement and a valid PSV badge.

“We urge all educational institutions to ensure strict compliance with traffic laws and regulations. Let’s collectively ensure the safe return of our children to their homes,” NTSA added.

Mrs Winfred Kathure, a teacher at M.C.K. Kaaga Primary School in Meru County, central Kenya in class ; Image/x

These guidelines are issued amidst concerns over recent accidents involving school buses.

A recent incident involved Moi University, where 12 students sustained minor injuries following an accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway in Kimende town, Lari subcounty.

The bus, carrying third and fourth-year Kiswahili students on an academic trip to Mombasa, veered off the road for unclear reasons and landed in a ditch.

This accident comes on the heels of another tragedy at Kenyatta University, where 11 students lost their lives in a collision along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.

The unfortunate incident occurred at Maungu, Voi, Taita Taveta county, on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The 11 students were part of a larger group of 58 students heading to Mombasa for an academic excursion when their school bus collided with a trailer.


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