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NTSA to introduce electronic driving licenses

31 October 2013, 11:58 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has said it is in consultation with electronic service providers to come up with electronic driving licenses to curb illegal duplication.

Speaking to the press in the aftermath of the Mutindwa tragic train-bus accident, Lee Kinyanjui, the NTSA Director said some unqualified and incompetent PSV drivers collude with others to reproduce the licenses then enter the driving sector.

"The migration from paper driving license to electronic would limit cases of fraudulent reproduction by rogue drivers who have little driving experience or may have failed the driving test," said Kinyanjui.

"The electronic card inserted in a portable gadget by the traffic police to give the driver's registration details would be easiest way to arrest the fraudulent culprits who contribute immensely to breaking traffic rules hence causing road accidents," he added.

Kinyanjui added that NTSA is partnering with the private sector to come up with simulators to provide computerized driving education. He said NTSA is working towards the harmonization of both training at driving schools and the country's traffic rules.

Custodian Mandlhate, the WHO Representative to Kenya, said that road accidents remain a major public health problem globally and needs to be addressed seriously.

Mandlhate cited that from the recent global accident reports, road traffic crashes kills nearly 1.24 million people annually leaving up to 50 million injured.

"Over 90% of these deaths and injuries occur in both low and middle-income countries, which contribute to only 48% of the world's registered vehicles," said Mandlhate.

She added that people in the productive age bracket of 15-44 years are the most vulnerable to road accident injuries.

"It has been estimated that by 2030, road traffic injuries will have moved from 9th to 5th place in the leading causes of death," Mandlhate added.

Mandlhate cautioned motorists against speeding, which she said is considered a key risk factor in road traffic injuries with severe suffering to accident victims and relatives who incur physical, psychological and economic consequences.

She further stated that more than 3 000 people die every year in Kenya as a result of road accidents.

Figures from the Traffic Office released between January and October 2013 reveals that a total of 5 046 road accidents have been so far recorded, resulting in 2566 deaths. Of the total deaths, 1 187 were pedestrians, 649 passengers, 261 motorcyclists, 230 drivers, 113 bicyclists and 126 bicycle passengers.

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