NTSA suffers another setback as court declares night travel ban illegal

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has suffered yet another setback as court declares night travel ban illegal. While ruling on a case filed against 13 drivers who had been caught ferrying passengers at night, against a directive by NTSA, Nakuru Resident Magistrate court said there is no law in Kenya that stops anyone from traveling at night.  According to the presiding judge, Nancy Makau, the charges that had been filed against the drivers, who were arrested on Thursday, January 11, did not constitute an offense as per the provisions of the NTSA Act.

The court ruling comes a few days after President Uhuru Kenyatta also ordered NTSA out of the the roads to give room for the traffic police. Uhuru directed the Authority's officials to hand over to police and be redeployed after what seemed like failure to tame road carnage.

NTSA had suspended night travel indefinitely following public outcry over increasing number of deaths in road accidents across the country. The Authority has been under siege in the wake of deadly and frequent crashes that have claimed numerous lives during the month of December 2017 and continued into 2018.

Previous reports by Tuko.co.ke indicate that close to 400 Kenyans have lost their lives in fatal road crashes. A number of Kenyans and some politicians are now calling for disbandment of NTSA, accusing it of being incompetent. Kenyans accuse NTSA of incompetence and corruption and want it disbanded - On Tuko TV