The National Transport and Safety Authority plans to review the age limit for drivers of public service vehicles.
This comes in the wake of the revelation that the driver of the ill-fated bus that crashed at Fort Ternan in Kericho claiming 56 lives, was 72 years old.
Addressing the press on Thursday, NTSA Director general Francis Meja expressed the agency’s shock when they learnt the age of the driver.
“We are surprised that a driver with such age has a lot of experience on the road, what happened now begs the question as to whether a time has come for us to review the age limit for PSV drivers,” he said.
Currently, there is no age limit but drivers above 60 years are required to take an annual medical fitness report before their licenses are renewed.
According to the new laws that were introduced by NTSA, one must be at least 22 years old to drive a 14-seater matatu.
Meja also dismissed claims that the insurance for the bus involved in the horror crash had expired. He said the license was due to expire on October 19.
Meanwhile, the owner of the bus christened Home Boyz and belonging to Western Crossroads Express Sacco, and the manager of the Sacco, were Thursday arraigned in Court.
Cleophas Shimanyula and manager Benard Shitiabayi appeared in a magistrate’s court in Molo but did not take a plea after police requested to detain them in order to complete investigation.