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New NTSA vehicle inspection guidelines 2019

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The National Transport and Safety Authority has new guidelines concerning the motor vehicle inspection. The authority has been carrying out a review of policies in a bid to curb the vicious cycle of road carnage. The NTSA mandate is to licence drivers, formulate and review driving school curriculum, as dictated by the National Transport and Safety Authority Act, 2012.

New rules on vehicle inspection

These are the new regulatins announced by the Director General Francis Meja:

  • All private vehicles which are more than four years old will undergo inspection every two years.
  • All commercial, public service, driving school vehicles and school buses shall undergo a pre-registration inspection and an annual periodic vehicle inspection thereafter.
  • All salvage vehicles will undergo inspections after repairs and an annual periodic inspection thereafter.
  • All vehicles involved in an accident may be subjected to a motor vehicle inspection test.
  • All vehicles which undergo any changes in length, height, width, maximum payload, colour, engine swap and other major structural or mechanical changes shall be subject to a modification inspection.
  • All vehicles shall be inspected for safety requirements during an inspection in accordance with Kenya Standard 1515, and any other standard adopted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards, from time to time and any other relevant legislation.

New guidelines on licensing of vehicle inspectors

The NTSA will work with private motor vehicle inspectors to achieve its objectives. In case you want to become a vehicle inspector or start an inspection centre, below are the new guidelines and requirements:

  • Any person interested in becoming a vehicle inspector will make an application to the NTSA and meet all requirements.
  • The authority shall license privately owned vehicle inspection centres to conduct motor vehicle inspection tests on its behalf.
  • The proposed centre must meet space and equipment requirements and should not engage in the business of repairing vehicles.
  • Only the premises licensed shall be allowed to be used as the inspection centre. No other premises shall be considered if they are not listed in the licence.
  • NTSA officials will routinely inspect the centres to check for suitability to perform inspections for the types of vehicles specified in the licence, compliance or adherence to procedures in operating manuals and adequacy of record management.
  • Inspectors will also check the qualifications of persons engaged in vehicle inspection and investigate complaints from customers.

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