The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has issued a directive to Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators to fit their vehicles with speed governors that relay data in real-time to its database, in a bid to curb road accidents.
These PSVs will only be required to abide by the new rule when going for an inspection, as the law will is looking to have these gadgets physically installed in the motor vehicle. NTSA gave PSV operators until March 1 to fit their vehicles with these gadgets but the deadline was then extended to June and later to August 5
“It’s a gradual process. All vehicles will be expected to comply when going for an inspection,” said NTSA director-general Francis Meja following the agency’s resolution to monitor all PSVs from a single location using the smart gadgets.
Last year, NTSA, Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) and the State Department of Infrastructure outlined guidelines that would see all PSVs install tamper-proof speed limiters synchronized with the authority’s servers with a revised speed limiting device standards
Currently, some PSVs are still using both the 2011 and 2018 KS regime since there are no servers at NTSA to oversee the implementation of the new speed limiters due to lack of enforcement mechanism of the new speed governors while only permits are displayed on the windscreen but there is no physical gadget installed
The upgraded speed limiters have Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards that can transmit data on the speed, location, driver and Sacco the vehicle belongs to. They will also be linked to drivers’ smart licenses.