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NTSA embraces digital technology to streamline sector

27 October 2014, 11:54 Macharia Kiarie

Nakuru - Matatu operators have been given until December to comply with newly introduced regulations in a bid to the streamline the sector.

National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Chief Executive Officer, John Muya urged matatu owners and matatu SACCOs to embrace the new systems which include the use of internet.

Speaking during a stakeholder meeting at St. Mary’s Hall in Nakuru Town, Muya said that the new rules would benefit both the matatu operators and their customers.

“All vehicles must be compliant by December and you should therefore take this as your responsibility. If you don’t take responsibility, then we will forced to act,” he said.

NTSA launched the new system which is expected to modernise the sector and seal corruption loopholes about two weeks ago.

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Matatu SACCOs will be expected to apply and renew driving licenses for all their drivers in their fleet in order to put rogue drivers on check.

“Take these things seriously because it is going to help you so much. SACCOs must be managed professionally,” Muya said, urging them to desist from giving out bribes.

“The one who gives out bribes and the one who receives it are the same. They will all be arrested and charged by anti-corruption officials,” he added.

Central Rift matatu operators chairman, Steven Muli assured NTSA that that they will embrace the new systems.

“We want to support the government's efforts to streamline the sector. No matatu owner is happy to see his vehicle destroyed in a road accident and that’s why we support these reforms,” Muli said.

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