The country’s transport sector loses more than Sh200 million annually due to corruption at motor vehicle inspection centres, Matatu Owners Association (MOA) chairman Simon Kimutai has said.
Speaking in Nairobi today, Kimutai said though the prescribed fee for all vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles is Sh1,050, there are lots of hidden charges that motorists are forced to pay that are not accounted for.
He accused the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) of not coming up with the necessary measures to curb the vice despite the body governing the sector.
Kimutai was addressing stakeholders and the public at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) during a meeting meant to review NTSA’s commercial inspection fees.
“It is a scheme put in place by your (NTSA’s) people. If, for instance, I go to the inspection centre four or five times and I am turned down, why would I not part with the three thousand to ‘expedite’ the process?” Kimutai posed.
Kimutai revealed that at least every motorist is forced to part with at least Sh3,000 to have their vehicles inspected.