NTSA to back police in new traffic raid


NTSA officer monitors speed data from a matatu along Nyeri-Nyahururu highway during an ongoing crackdown on October 2, 2019. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) officers will support the police in the latest round of traffic crackdown meant to contain rising road carnage.

Earlier reports had indicated that the road safety agency had been directed by the Interior ministry to join the traffic police in a new crackdown that commenced on Tuesday.

But the NTSA director-general last evening denied the existence of such a circular.

NTSA data shows that traffic accident fatalities for the last 12 months are up 15 percent, from year’s 2021 deaths. At least 2326 people have been reported to have died on Kenyan roads in the year to October.

As of Tuesday and Wednesday, NTSA officers had been deployed to conduct impromptu checks on all motor vehicles along the Nyeri — Nairobi highway.

However, NTSA will work in a different capacity from the past as its officers have been instructed to leave all enforcement work to the police.

The role of NTSA in the fresh crackdown expected to last up to January will be purely technical support, sources within the agency have revealed.

“Our job will only be to guide the police on the offences and traffic malpractices to look out for. We cannot arrest or order a vehicle to stop. NTSA is only there to support,” an official at NTSA who declined to be named as he is not authorised to address the media said yesterday.

In January, Mr Kenyatta issued a directive ordering all NTSA officers off roads owing to a rise in road accidents. The agency was at the time accused of corruption and impunity in their enforcement duties.

The President had at the time said that traffic police officers should take over duties on Kenyan highways.