Govt urged to to implement cashless system in phases
08 November 2014, 11:17
Nakuru- The government has been urged to implement the cashless fare collection system in Public Service Vehicles in phases as the gadgets are too expensive.
Speaking in Nakuru, Chairman of the Central Rift PSV Sacco Stephen Muli said that the government should give the operators time to purchase the gadgets.
Muli also asked the government to make the public aware of the gadgets through advertisements as most of them are not aware of the changes.
At the same time, matatu operators welcomed a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to lift a ban on importation of 14-seater matatus.
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The stakeholders in the matatu industry said that the move is a great reprieve to them .
"The ban had inconvenienced very many players in the matatu industry who had already ordered for vehicles by the time the ban was being imposed," Muli said.
He said that the ban will translate to increased revenue collection for the government through taxes generated by the business.
Muli added that with the new rules introduced by the government through the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) sanity has been restored in the public transport sector adding that the same has translated to reduction of road accidents.
While calling upon PSV drivers to support the government in streamlining the transport sector, Muli said that players in the sector should not view new transport rules as if they are aimed at driving them out of business.
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