It is a fortnight since the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) suspended vehicle registration for system audit in connection to Dusit D2 attack.
The exercise was halted in a bid to clean the system, which was marred with a scandal of duplicate number plates for different cars.
The issue became serious during the Dusit D2 terror attack where it was discovered that the car used in the attack had duplicate number plate (KCN 340E), from NTSA.
The suspension has affected several car dealer businesses as well as issuance of driving licences and renewal of road service licences.
The authority has been on the spot due to some discrepancies, corruption and slow services.
For instance, the issue of digital licenses has been on pilot for the last one year with only approximately 3,000 licenses of the 400,000 cards supplied, having being issued.
NTSA is also said to be unable meet its obligations, evidenced from its inability to pay its creditors whose debts stand at approximately Ksh500 million.
“The financial management of the Authority is seriously challenged and further burdened by various
unnecessary procurement,” says an inside source.
Currently, NTSA has over 150 idle employees without specific duties after having been removed from conducting operations following a presidential directive.
On January 30, the police and intelligence officers NTSA offices in Upper Hill and arrested top executives led by Director of Registration and Licensing, Jacklin Githinji.
The investigations on fake registration just happened after the attack with police officers previously ignoring complains of fake registration of vehicles.
Earlier reports had indicated the possibility of a cartel within NTSA that gives motorbike registrations to dealers at a cost of Ksh1,000.
It would be impossible to trace a motorcycle causing accident as they are not registered to individual owners but to dealers who don’t keep records and have no capacity to follow up on errant owners.