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Matatu operators claim foul play in suspension of speed governors

05 February 2015, 12:57 Joseph Njung'eh

Kampala - The government’s move to revoke some brands of vehicle speed limiters and recorders has met outrage from operators in the Public Service Vehicles (PSV) industry who suspect foul play in the directive.

The PSV operators asserted that the move is aimed at creating a business opportunity for a group of government operatives.

The chairman of vehicle operations in 2NK Sacco, John Maregwa alias Old Timer lashed out at the National Transport and Safety Authourity (NTSA) accusing it of not being genuine in the move.

NTSA, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) revoked the approval of four brands of speed limiters and suspended 11 others last week.

Maregwa said the gadgets affected by the directive were some of the most effective.

“Our vehicles are usually inspected by traffic police inspection unit to determine whether the speed governors and recorders are functioning properly. 2NK board also does its investigations and we have not seen any fault with the gadgets,” said Maregwa.

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The Sacco has more than 650 PSV vehicles.

Fixing each vehicle with a speed limiter and recorder was costing the proprietors KES 36 000 per vehicle.

Maregwa’s sentiments were echoed by 2MGIN Sacco chairman, Kiunge Mundia who said NTSA was making Jubilee government lose public support and also paralyzing economic growth.

“NTSA ...  is the same agency that approved the gadgets reasoning that they were modern and digital yet they are now revoking and suspending them,” said Mundia, whose Sacco has about 100 vehicles operating in Nyeri.

He alleged that NTSA and Kebs are being managed by corrupt people ‘who want to enrich themselves by issuing unrealistic directives’.

The suspended brands include Omata, Saferider, Ekas, Romatic system 80 Micro+, Jendie, Trident, Mock, Fleet 1, PGL Contro and Auto-Contro, among others.

The brands whose approval was revoked included; Frontcom, Cartrack, GTR (which is distributed by Mbetsa Innovations Ltd) and Autograde, a product of Emco Diesel Services.

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