, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says the government will deregister all driving schools in a bid to curb road carnage which has spiralled in recent weeks.
Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, Matiangi said they will be registered afresh so that only qualified institutions are left.
“We have to be firm on driving schools. My proposal is to deregister all of them and reregister afresh so that we know who is qualified to run a driving school,” he said.
The Acting Interior CS added that criteria to be used to evaluate qualified driving schools will be out within a week following deliberations between his ministry, Transport counterparts and the National Transport and Safety Authority.
“We have this morning directed for conditions one needs to register a driving school be set within seven days.”
CS Matiangi, who was speaking alongside Transport CS James Macharia, said new requirements will be implemented for the issuance of driving licenses countrywide.
“To get a new driving license, you will have to fulfil certain conditions, including medical,” he affirmed. “We are reviewing the entire traffic department. The process is going on now,” he said.
The CS also hit out at the Judiciary for rescinding some of the decisions taken against traffic police officers.
“We can’t ask for police officers to be dismissed and they promptly return with court orders. We will have a conversation with Judiciary because they also drive on these roads and may be at harm to these people they are allowing on our roads,” he said.