•To achieve this, the Authority seeks to engage a consultant to guide the automation journey.
•The consultant will also formulate modern approaches to driver competency testing.
National Transport and Safety Authority are exploring the introduction of automated theory tests so as to standardise driver testing in Kenya.
With the support of the European Union under the Usalama Barabarani programme, NTSA said this will address some of the challenges experienced.
“The automation of the process will ensure the driver tests are efficient and effective hence improving the quality of testing as a result of reduced human interaction,” NTSA said in a statement.
To achieve this, the Authority will engage a consultant to guide the automation journey.
The consultant will also formulate modern approaches to driver competency testing.
“This is with the aim of a common set of standards in theory testing and developing an efficient, practical testing methodology that can be administered to all drivers,” NTSA said.
Earlier, the BBC exposed a syndicate that saw illegitimate drivers acquire licenses without training.
The two undercover journalists, who have not been behind the wheel at any point in their life, managed to get licenses without having to sit the driver’s test as required by law.
Studies indicate that 85 per cent of road traffic crashes are due to human behaviour.
According to NTSA, there is an average of 3,000 lives lost annually in Kenya, with the bulk of the crashes attributable to challenges related to driving.
According to WHO reports, globally, an average of 2.5 million people die annually through road traffic crashes while ten times this number end up maimed.
Last year, more than 4,500 proplr were killed and over 16,000 were injured in road accidents.
The government in its records says drunk driving, overloading, and speeding are to blame.
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