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NTSA raises vehicle inspection fees four times

New fees cover vehicles of more than five tonnes. FILE PHOTO | NMG
New fees cover vehicles of more than five tonnes. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will implement the revised inspection fees of heavy commercial vehicles weighing more than five tonnes from April 1.

NTSA director-general Francis Meja said in a public notice that the agency will increase the fees for commercial vehicle weighing more than five tonnes to Sh4,600 — going up more than four times. He said the agency had consultations with the sector players.

Previously, the fee was Sh1,000 for all category of vehicles, regardless of type, size and class.

“The National Transport and Safety Authority notifies the public that following stakeholders consultations and subsequent review of motor vehicle inspection vide Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 198, Legal Notice No. 299 dated 19 December, the new revised fee will take effect from 1st of April, 2018,” he said.

Under the revision, inspection charges for motorcycles will rise to Sh1,300, three-wheelers and vehicles with engine capacity of over 3000cc will cost Sh2,600, the official said.

The new rates will also see inspection charges for trucks weighing up to five tonnes pay Sh2,000.

“All motor vehicle inspection bookings and payments shall be made through the Transport Integrated Management System (TIMS) available on our website,” the notice said.

The roads agency is mandated to conduct motor vehicle inspection and certification.

However, different insurance firms also conduct the same exercise before paying out claims or issuance of covers.

The NTSA took up the role from the police five years ago during transition to devolution.

It is part of wider plans by the agency to tame rampant road accidents, which claimed about 300 lives last December.

Commercial vehicle drivers are also being retrained from this month in an exercise that will cover more than 400,000 drivers, each paying Sh5,000.