The Baringo Central Member of Parliament, Joshua Kandie has urged drivers to undertake regular refresher courses to acquire new skills and keep upwith ever changing motoring challenges to curb road carnage.
Speaking during the launch of Sh. 1million annual issuance of driving licenses to 50 youth and sponsorship of another batch of 50 drivers from his constituency in Kabarnet town on Tuesday, Kandie noted that the increase in road carnage especially during the festive season is caused by careless driving by unskilled drivers.
He said public service vehicles (PSV) drivers should endeavour to regularly go for refresher courses for them to appreciate new rules and regulations being introduced from time to time and the changing dynamics in the transport sector.
“I am urging anybody who has a driving license already in their pockets to visit the nearest driving school so that they can acquaint themselves with new regulations in place meant to streamline the transport sector in the country,” said Kandie.
The MP lauded the National government for re-introducing the Michuki rules, saying that the rules will go a long way in instilling discipline and sanity on the roads.
He added that his initiative to partner with Bartek Driving School in Kabarnet has been informed by a worrying trend where youth especially boda boda operators buy motorbikes and hit the road without possessing the requisite documents such as driving licenses and insurance cover to enable them operate on the roads.
Kandie said that besides sponsoring 50 youth every year to undergo a three months driving course, he also pays Sh. 10,000 insurances fees per driver trained.
John Lagat, a business man, lauded the initiative, saying that it is one of its kind in the country which will assist the unemployed youth compete fairly in the transport industry.
Lagat challenged the beneficiaries to take proper instructions they learn in the driving school and practice them on the roads so as to minimize unnecessary accidents.
By Joshua Kibet