The government, in a bid to improve Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) supervision and observation ability, has sought for the help of Kenyan dealer of French auto-maker, Peugeot, and obtained a lease of 45 cars for the agency. This means that NTSA will now make use of station wagons for its operations.
The government had contracted vehicles, Urysia to supply 300 cars for the ongoing vehicle leasing programme and the cars, stations wagons and ambulances, which are being sent to the NTSA, serve as a part of it.
In the alleged contract, which is worth about Sh631 million, Urysia will have to supply Peugeot cars to other government agencies including the Ministry of Health, Kenya Prisons and the Solicitor General’s office.
NTSA director general Francis Meja says the vehicles including 40 station wagons and five ambulances will be delivered across the country but most of them will be kept in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
Director general Francis Meja confirmed that the 40 station wagons and five ambulances were leased to the National Transport and Safety Authority. He revealed however that the exact amount spent on the vehicles is not known to him.
He then added that his agency will not be spending on the maintenance and fueling of the cars that will be of great use to the nation. The leasing programme ensures that the lessee does not get burdened with the lump sum in form of capital expenditure they would have incurred if they had chosen to buy the vehicles.
Meja also said the new cars will boost NTSA’s efficiency as well as inspecting public service vehicles, patrolling and enforcing traffic rules. This will surely do the country a lot of good as the agency will see that people don’t break traffic rules such as speed limits and also reduce driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
NTSA announced minor traffic offences and the retribution they are bound to attract. It also made public its intention to install a device that back-track speeds for up to 72 hours and checks for faulty speed governors. The agency made these announcements on February 17.