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Nairobi PSV drivers face fresh tests

Traffic jam in Nairobi. Residents spend hours stuck in traffic especially during rush hours, a situation that is  made worse by indisciplined PSV drivers. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Traffic jam in Nairobi. Residents spend hours stuck in traffic especially during rush hours, a situation that is made worse by indisciplined PSV drivers. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Public service vehicle (PSV) drivers within the Nairobi metropolitan area will undergo fresh mandatory training and examination before getting clearance to operate under new rules proposed by the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Namata).

The certification is in addition to the regular PSV driver’s licence, in what is an effort to tame the rampant cases of underqualified drivers operating PSVs thus endangering commuters’ lives.

The authority, established in February through an executive order, is mandated to provide solutions to decades-old traffic challenges in Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado and Murang’a counties.

“All drivers of public service vehicles within the metropolitan area shall, in addition to the national drivers public service vehicles driver’s licence, undertake additional training and examination and shall on completion be awarded the driver’s certificate of professional competence as specified by the authority,” reads the bill sponsored by Aden Duale, the Majority Leader in the National Assembly.