Matatu menace a headache for ordinary mwananchi
04 December 2012, 15:42
The transport sector has once again been rocked from within as Matatu operators in major towns downed their tools for a third day running.
All this thanks to the new traffic regulations that have caused a stir among drivers and various motorists.
In Meru town, residents could not access the town centre by public transport as matatus dropped passengers just before the bridge that connects Gitimbene and Meru town.
Commuters were left to walk in the morning as the town was a no go zone for any public service vehicle operator.
The same was witnessed at the main stage where matatus to Nairobi and Isiolo kept off the road and business was at a standstill.
Many commuters were forced to look for alternative means as the most suitable solution was to rent a personal vehicle to be able to get ferried to their destinations.
People had to part with as much as KES 1 000 to make it to Isiolo.
How long the strike will go on is yet to be established but one thing is for sure: if it continues it will result in catastrophic damages to the economy.
This issue needs to be addressed urgently by government agencies involved in the matter lest we see a total shut down of all economic activities that transpire between various towns.
The laws are for the entire country and this is well understood by the matatu sector.
Their problem however, stems from the amount of fines to be incurred upon committing an offense.
The amounts will encourage corruption since no one is ready to face the wrath of the law and part with hundreds of thousands yet he or she can give the police officers a small fee and be let scot free.
Even as we shape up our sectors, let us also be rational in the way we view things.
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