NTSA Impounds Probox Ferrying 13 Students, Driver Arrested


A multi-agency team comprising officers from the National Police Service (NPS) and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Tuesday impounded a Probox car ferrying students.

According to NTSA officials, the car was nabbed along the Kitale- Kapenguria Road carrying 13 students stuffed inside the 5-seater passenger vehicle.

A quick intervention by the multiagency team led to the arrest of the driver who was accused of contravening the traffic regulations.

The driver was also accused of risking the lives of students who were seeking safe transport to school even as schools reopened.

A 14-seater matatu which was discovered to have been used to ferry 31 students in Meru County on March 30, 2023.

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NTSA

“Vehicle found ferrying 13 students impounded along Kitale – Kapenguria Road. The driver has been arrested and will be charged,” NTSA revealed.

Following the successful crackdown, the road safety authority urged motorists to be cognizant of the traffic rules especially when ferrying learners.

With the arrest of the probox driver, NTSA officials quickly organised alternative means of transport for the students.

The crackdown comes a day after NTSA called on vehicles to undergo road safety compliance checks even as schools reopened.

According to NTSA, all schools must have a functional speed limiter that is onboarded onto the NTSA Intelligent Road Safety Management System (IRSMS) and a valid inspection certificate Valid Road Service Licence (RSL).

Drivers were also asked to ensure their school transport vehicles have functional seat belts and valid vehicle insurance 

Further, drivers were directed to have the requisite driving licence class endorsement and a valid Public Service Vehicle badge and the vehicles should not be overloaded.

“School administration must put in place measures to ensure full compliance with the requirements of the Traffic Act and the PSV regulations,” NTSA announced.

“We urge all motorists to be cautious and mindful of other road users as children go back to school.”

NTSA safety compliance checks at Kariene, Meru/Nkubu Road on March 31, 2024.

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NTSA



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