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Cashless fare collection to be effected July 1

30 June 2014, 16:11 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Transport ministry’s Principal Secretary, Nduva Muli has said that there will be no extension period for all Public Service Vehicles (PSV) to adopt the cashless fare collection.

Muli said the period given was enough for all PSVs especially within Nairobi to have fixed the cashless gadgets in their vehicles by the end of the month and that the ministry will not listen to Matatu Owners Association’s (MOA) call to address their concerns first.

If the electronic payment system takes effect from July 1, many commuters in Nairobi will be stranded since the MOA Chairman, Dickson Mbugua has confirmed that out of over 20 000 PSVs in the country, only 2 000 have installed the cashless system.

Mbugua said the matatu operators are not ready for the cashless fare system until intensive education and awareness campaign is provided.

“The cashless system’s cost should be looked into and not PSV owners to be subjected to the new technology as earlier witnessed in the implementation of digital speed governors,” said Mbugua.

He added that the government should always consult with the PSV stakeholders in any measures to be undertaken rather than exposing them to exploitation by some opportunistic corporates.

According to the newly gazetted regulations by the National Transport and Safety Authority, non-complaint matatu operators risk KES 100 000 fine and a jailed term not exceeding one year.

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