The Kenyan government has said it will deregister all driving schools in order to try to curb the increased road carnage in the country.
Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i told journalists on Monday that deliberations with stakeholders in the industry were ongoing.
He said driving schools were getting very incompetent and were “giving driving licenses to murderers.”
“We have to be firm on driving schools. My proposal is to deregister all of them and re-register afresh so that we know who is qualified to run a driving school,” he said alongside his Transport counterpart, James Macharia.
Dr. Matiang’i added that new criteria to be used to evaluate qualified driving schools will be out within a week following deliberations between the Interior ministry, their Transport counterparts and the National Transport and Safety Authority.
“We have this morning directed for conditions one needs to register a driving school be set within 7 days,” he added.
CS Matiang’i said the new requirements will be implemented for the issuance of driving licenses countrywide.
“To get a new driving license, you will have to fulfill certain conditions, including medical,” he affirmed. “We are reviewing the entire traffic department. The process is going on now.”
The Acting Interior CS, who also heads the Education ministry, also took time during the press conference to call out the judiciary for rescinding some of the decisions taken against traffic police.
“We can’t ask for police officers to be dismissed and they promptly return with court orders. We will have a conversation with the judiciary because they also drive on these roads and may be at harm to these people they are allowing on our roads.”