NTSA rolls out refresher course for night drivers

The National Transport and Safety Authority, NTSA, on Monday rolled out a 3-day re-training exercise for drivers of long distance Public Service Vehicles at  the Kabete Technical Training Institute in Kiambu County. 102 drivers from various SACCOs are attending the training at the facility. The group is among hundreds of others who are being trained in various government institutions countrywide. The refresher course which is in line with the new driving curriculum, is set to take a period of three months  and will cover  drivers from 54 registered SACCOS in the country. NTSA Deputy Director in Strategies and County Co-ordination, Dr. Dancun Kibogong said the re-training is geared towards testing driver’s attitude and etiquette adding that 80 percent of accidents on Kenyan roads are due to human error. Dr Kibogong said the national exercise targets 11,000 long distance drivers. The drivers commended the government for initiating the programme urging it expand it to expand it to cover their welfare such as working conditions and remuneration.The new curriculum includes vehicle controls, vehicle construction, space management, and communication while on the road. Last year, NTSA released a new curriculum for training and testing of drivers that provides that before issuing a license, trainees must undergo 24-160 hours of training, depending on the category of license.