Currently, Kenya ranks among countries with highest rate of road traffic crashes globally with an average of 3000. Other challenges currently experienced in the road transport subsector include lack of automation leading to loss of revenue, proliferation of fake documents, disregard of traffic laws and inefficiency in service delivery. The operation of non-motorized and intermediate means of transport (boda boda) still remain a big challenge. Most of Kenya’s hospitals currently have wards specifically set aside for victims of accidents caused by motorcycle riders.
It was against this background that the Government enacted the National Transport and Safety Authority Act, Act Number 33 of 2012, with a view to forming the National Transport and Safety Authority. The Authority brings together under one roof the functions of Motor Vehicle Registration, Transport Licensing and Motor Vehicle Inspection, Road Safety, Driver Testing and some extent Traffic Law enhancement.
The objective of forming the Authority was to harmonize the operations of the key road transport departments and help in effectively managing the road transport subsector and minimizing loss of lives through road traffic crashes.