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Transport Principal Secretary Nduva Muli told the Nation that the new rules would require all vehicles to have a certificate of inspection displayed on their windscreens.
Motorists whose cars are more than four years old will be required to present them to designated inspection centres every year.
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The move will greatly impact a majority of Kenyans who import second-hand vehicles since they will have to acquire the certificate of inspection before driving them.
It is a breakaway from the current regime where only commercial vehicles are required to bear an inspection certificate.
The PS said the move was meant to ensure only roadworthy vehicles are driven on Kenyan roads, with a view to reducing the high number of vehicle accidents.
“We have previously only inspected commercial vehicles but they are not the only ones being driven on our roads. Some private vehicles are disastrous, both to the safety of road users and environment and this has to be brought to control,” said Mr Muli.
He said the government will out-source the inspection service to avoid congestion at the current centres.
“We acknowledge that this is going to be a very demanding exercise in terms of resources and so we will be looking for respectable and dependable facilities within the private sector to do it on our behalf. These could be a garage or a petrol station that is licensed by the government,” said Mr Muli.
The goal, he said, was to have inspection centres in each of the 47 counties. Operators of commercial vehicles have, in the past complained of congestion and blatant corruption at the current inspection facility in industrial area, Nairobi.
On Friday, Mr Muli proposed that motorists who repeatedly cause accidents should be forced to pay higher premiums by insurance companies.
The National Transport and Safety Authority will be required to build and update a database ranking matatu saccos according to the number of accidents and incidents reported involving their vehicles.
The data will then be provided to the insurance industry for use by companies in assessing risk and setting premiums.
“Those saccos with a high ranking (those with the least number of accidents recorded) will enjoy lower premiums than those that are rated high risk,” said Mr Muli.
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