Firms claim NTSA staff plot to rig speed limiters licensing

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 00:00 |
NTSA officers inspect a public service vehicle. Photo/PD/FILE

Concerns have been raised over an alleged plot by some National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) officials to interfere with the process of awarding licences to firms that will supply the upgraded speed governors.

This is after the authority, which had initially prequalified 11 companies that proved their capacity to supply the upgraded devices, opened a window that has seen the number of shortlisted firms rise by 13.

Some of the new entrants are reported to have links with some officials and do not have the capacity to deliver.

According to a statement issued by NTSA on February 27, the implementation date for the installation of the upgraded devices had been slated for June 3 but has been extended indefinitely.

The aggrieved parties believe the move is a ploy to enable unqualified firms to get the job.

Some owners of the companies which had been shortlisted earlier are planning to write to the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, inviting him to probe the licensing process.

Safety hazard

They want the capacity and ownership of the newly-listed firms scrutinised.

The business owners, who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, claimed the plot is a calculated move to ensure their companies, which were initially pre-qualified, are shortchanged.

“We were shortlisted because we were able to show our ability to provide what is needed and we expected that the work would have been given to our companies but instead of hastening the implementation, the authority has extended it indefinitely and added more companies, some of which have no capacity,” a director of one of the firms, said.

This development, he said, could see substandard speed limiters installed in public vehicles, which will be a safety hazard.  The new speed governors should have the capacity to transmit data to NTSA servers.

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