NTSA, speed governor manufacturers clash over use of gadgets

Speed governor
Speed governor

A row is brewing between National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and local speed governor manufacturers over use of a Universal Policing Unit (UPU) in the ongoing countrywide crackdown to net speeding Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) and commercial vehicles.

The UPU gadget is used to monitor and test speed governors.

David Njoroge, the chairman of Road Safety Association of Kenya (RSAK) and who is also the CEO of Dalcom Kenya Ltd, the manufacturer of Omata speed governors, faulted NTSA officials for using the UPU saying they had resolved it should not be used since it belonged to their competitors.

He accused the directors of Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Inspection at NTSA of going against the recommendation of their Director General Francis Meja who said the gadget should not be used until there was agreement among all stakeholders.

He urged NTSA to suspend the ongoing crackdown countrywide to pave way for dialogue among stakeholders over the use of the gadget.

The Government will revoke road service licenses of drivers, public service and commercial vehicles that will be found to have tampered with speed governors.

Wambugu Nyamu, a member of NTSA select committee on Governors and Policing Unit, said UPU is among several gadgets that they were still analysing to ascertain which among them was best suited to be used in Kenya to monitor and test speed governors.

He said there were a few people at NTSA who were determined to force UPU down the throats of majority stakeholders which he said they would resist.

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