Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Southern African Transport Conference 7-10 July 2014 "Leading Transport into the Future", CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.
The objective of this study was to find out how far training, testing and licensing of paratransit
public service vehicle (PSV) drivers ensured their compliance with road safety regulations.
Fifty two (52) drivers were sampled and interviewed from 13 routes situated along four major
corridors in the City of Nairobi. About two-thirds (61.5%) of the drivers reported having lowly
complied with traffic regulations. The PSV industry was dominated by SACCOS/companysole
proprietor type of organization and operations characterized by setting of target amount
of money to be given to the operator each day and casual employment with daily wage and
no other benefits. More of the drivers who had attended professional schools or refresher
courses, those who were older and those who had served for more years tended to comply
with traffic regulations. Establishment of PSV schools with standard syllabus, introduction of
hybrid system with BRT operating on major corridors and contracted to better performing
SACCOs/companies and employing better qualified drivers will improve compliance with
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