A fresh dispute is looming between owners of driving schools and the National Transport and Safety Authority over new rules meant to govern the institutions.
The proprietors on Saturday threatened to hold demonstrations across the country against NTSA for contempt, claiming it was pushing for the implementation of the regulations despite the existence of a court order barring it from doing so.
Addressing media in Nakuru, the Officials of the Kenya National Driving School Association, led by their chairman John Karanja, accused the NTSA of plotting to “kill” their industry after the agency formulated a new curriculum for driving schools.
“The main stakeholders were not involved in the formulation of the new regulations, which, if effected, will infringe on our business rights. They have gone ahead not to renew licenses hence we cannot operate. We will commence contempt of court proceedings against the NTSA if it disregards the court orders” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Samuel Mureithi who called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure the matter is addressed.
According to Mureithi, if the trend goes on with NTSA intimidating the Kenya National Driving School Association then there is probability that the industry will die.
Mureithi added that the new curriculum was not attainable and that the move was meant to finish the industry.
“The new curriculum is out to finish the Industry and we are calling on head of state to step in and save the industry” said Mureithi.
Derrick Mwangi,the Association Secretary said the industry has gone through a lot of suffering under the intimidation of NTSA and time was now for the matter to be addressed.
He said as Driving schools they have trained instructors but the schools have been denied licenses to continue operating.
“There are many licenses lying at the NTSA offices and we call on the Institution to release them and let them comply with the court order” said Mwangi.
According to the officials, they will not relent until the matter is addressed.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Members of the Kenya National Driving School Association during a press conference in Nakuru on Saturday.