Police ordered to release impounded PSVs
27 March 2014, 12:39
Nairobi - Police have been ordered by the High Court to release vehicles impounded during the recent PSV operators strike in the city.
Justice Isaac Lenaola in a ruling Thursday stated that there was no valid reason for the police to keep hold of the 117 impounded vehicles.
The vehicles, mostly taxis were impounded by county officers and police and their number plates confiscated after they blocked roads to protest the increased parking fees in the CBD.
Lenaola said that the vehicles must be released back to the owners on production of log books, payment of impound and towing charges as well as storage charges, which amount to roughly KES 15,000.
" It will be unfair to hold on to the vehicles despite the owners agreeing to the charges and the willingness to pay any charges related to the offences, he said in his ruling.
The operators had gone to court last week to demand that their vehicles be returned saying they had acquired losses and damages to their businesses.
Justice Lenaola also ordered that he be presented with a report on the proceedings in seven days time.
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