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7 Driving License Categories According To NTSA In Kenya

Have you ever asked yourself what are the categories of Driving mean?

Well, NTSA aka National Transport And Safety Authority provides a clear guidance on type of vehicle driving categories.

Here are 7 Vehicle categories under NTSA.

Details

NTSA Categories of Driving Licenses Categories

Licence CategoryVehicle in licence categoryDescription of vehicle to operate and restrictionsMinimum requirements
Category ACategory A1 ( Moped)  Enables one to ride a motorcycle to and including 50 C.CNo passengers allowed to be carried.No loads Minimum age 16 years No passenger
Category A2 ( light motorcycle)  Enables one to ride a motorcycle above 50 C.CCarry a maximum load 60 Kg ( for up to 400 C.C )Can carry a passengerMinimum age 18 years
Category A3 ( motorcycle taxi , couriers and three wheelers) Enables one to ride a motorcycle 100 C.C and above.Carry a maximum load 100 Kg ( for up to 50 C.C )Can carry a passengerMinimum age 211-year riding experience of category A2
Category BCategory B1 ( motorcycle taxi , couriers and three wheelers )Enable one to drive a light vehicle ( passenger car) with a maximum Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 3500 kg with one light trailer ( not exceeding 750 kg)Can drive a vehicle equipped with both a manual or automatic gearboxMinimum age 18 years
Category B2 Automatic (Light Vehicle Automatic )Can carry up to a maximum of 7 passengers Enable one to drive a light vehicle ( passenger car ) with automatic gear box with a maximum Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of m 3500 kg with one light trailer ( not exceeding 750 kg)Cannot drive a vehicle equipped with a manual gearboxCan carry up to a maximum of 7 passengersMinimum age 18 years
Category B3 ( professional ) Enable one to drive a light vehicle ( passenger car ) with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of maximum 3500 kg with one light trailer ( not exceeding 750 kg)Equipped with manual or automatic gear boxCan carry up to a maximum of 7 passengersMinimum age 21 years
Category CCategory C1 ( Light Truck)Enables one to drive a light truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight ( GVW) exceeding 3500 kg and a maximum 7500 kg with maximum one light trailer not exceeding 750 kgEquipped with manual or automatic gear boxMinimum age 22 years
Category C (Medium Truck)Enables one to drive a heavy truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) exceeding 7500 kg with maximum one light trailer not exceeding 750 kg.Equipped with manual or automatic gear box.Minimum age 24 years.Two year experience of driving category C1.Required to undergo training and retesting for category C.
Category CE ( Heavy Truck with trailer )Enables one to drive a heavy truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) exceeding 7500 kg with heavy trailer or semi-trailer.Enables one to drive articulated vehicles.Equipped with manual or automatic gear boxMinimum age 28 years.Four years’ experience of driving category CRequired to undergo training and retesting for category CE
Category CE ( Heavy Goods Vehicle for Transportation of Hazardous materials )Enables one to drive a heavy truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) exceeding 7500 kg with heavy trailer or semitrailer.Enables one to drive articulated vehicles.Equipped with manual or automatic gear boxMinimum age 30 yearsTwo years’ experience of driving category CERequired to undergo training and retesting for category CD
Category DCategory D1 ( Van)Enable one to drive a van with a maximum of 14 passengers.Equipped with manual or automatic gearboxMinimum of 22 years
Category D2 ( mini Bus)Enables one to drive a bus with 14 to 32 passengers.Equipped with manual or automatic gear boxMinimum age 25 yearsMinimum experience of 3 years driving category D1Required to undergo training and retesting for category D2
Category D3Enables one to drive a bus with 33 or more passengersEquipped with manual or automatic gear boxMinimum age of 30 yearsMinimum experience of 3 years driving category D2Required to undergo training and retesting for category D3
Category ESpecial professional driving licenseEnables one to drive any vehicles classified under categories Cl, C, CE, D, Dl, D2, D3 and licensed as ECI, EC, ECE, ED, EDI, ED2 and ECD3 respectivelyClass ED2 Licenses shall be endorsed for classes Dl & D while Class ECE Licence shall be endorsed for C and C 1Minimum age 21yearsCompleted 3 months driving practice with. any vehicle classified under categories Cl,C, CE, D, Dl, D2, D3 and licensed as ECI, EC, ECE, ED, ED1, ED2 AND ECD 3 respectively.Class ED2 Licenses shall be endorsed for class D1 and D while Class ECE Licenses shall be endorsed for C and C1 
Category FSpecial Driving License for Persons with DisabilityEnables one to drive a vehicle depending on the category the PWD is trained on.Minimum age of 18 yearsRequirement is as per the class the categories of abled drivers
Category GIndustrial construction and agricultural plants equipmentEnables one to operate forklift, motor grader, shovel, excavator, roller and any other special kinds of plant and equipment for which special authorization is required from the authority as defined in the Traffic Act before such plants can be registered for use.Endorsement for class G will be done on the driving license.

Source – Sensei Institute of Technology

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