A video of a child driving a Toyota Prado on a public road has set tongues wagging.
In the video that is making rounds on social media platforms, the minor is seen effortlessly and expertly driving the posh car at Delview Park area in Thika.
At some point, a shocked photojournalist asks him to reverse the vehicle a bit. The speed with which he engages the reverse gear and starts reversing the car is startling to say the least.
Still not believing, the photojournalist asks the child to drive forward and park the car. This, he does, to his dismay. But residents who are heard talking in the background seem less perturbed. May be they are used to the child driving.
Word has it that the kid even drives himself to school.
While some Kenyans have lauded the ‘talented’ child, others have criticised his parents for “endangering his life” by allowing him to drive on the road.
According to popular lawyer Wahome Thuku, the kid’s parents should be answering charges in a court already. Although Wahome acknowledges that it is good for parents who own cars to let their children know how to drive generally, he says that is it a huge traffic offence to drive a car on a public road without a driving licence.
“It’s even a bigger offence to allow someone drive your car on a public road without a DL. And the definition of Public Road in law is so wide, it includes even what you think should be private. Such a parent should be answering charges in court already. In fact, in the case of a PSV, even allowing unlicensed person to have the custody of the vehicle is an offence,” says Wahome.
For one to acquire a driving licence in Kenya, you must be at least 18 years old. In some states in the US, children are allowed to drive at the age of 14.