The Computer Society of Kenya

Since 1986

NTSABUSINESS DAILY By KIARIE NJOROGE

Thursday June 16, 2016

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is set to launch an online system that will monitor drivers and net reckless ones who will lose points and eventually licences in repeat offences.

The demerit system is contained in the Traffic Act but has never been active due to the difficulty of implementing it on a paper system.

Fernando Wangila, the ICT director at the authority, said that the Transport Integrated Management Systems (TIMS) will be linked to wireless mobile policing gadgets that traffic officers use.

“The mobile policing devices will have input for the various offences and once an offence is logged in, a specific number of points will be docked by the system and the information logged on TIMS,” Mr Wangila said.

“This will remove human discretion in determining the punishment for offences and encourage drivers to be more responsible.”

Once a driver is caught in an offence and the officer uploads the information, the motorist will receive a text informing him to pay an instant fine through electronic means like mobile money.

The system will also note the offence and deduct the number of demerit points.

The Traffic Act notes that once these points accumulate to 10 or more, one loses their driving licence for a period.

“Where the demerit points accumulated by a person total to 10 or more but less than 14, that person shall be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for a period of six months,” the Act says.

“14 or more but less than 20, that person shall be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for a period of one year. 20 or more, that person shall be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for a period of two years.”

Patrol gadgets

A schedule in the Act shows that drivers who exceed the speed limit by more than 31 kilometres per hour, for example, will be docked six points.

Failure to stop when ordered by a police officer will see one lose two points; having no tail lamp (four points); overtaking in a manner obstructing oncoming vehicles (six points); failure to stop at a red light (six points).
Mr Wangila said that they expect to roll out the system by the end of December this year.

So far, they have procured 500 mobile patrol gadgets but he added that they are looking to buy more.

Share this page