Uhuru lifts ban on 14 seater matatus
05 November 2014, 19:03
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the ban on 14 seater matatus, saying that they are vital to economic growth.
The president said that after widespread consultations, it was necessary to have the ban withdrawn as it would in the long run be counterproductive to the economy and transport sector.
He cited long distance travel, which at the moment relies heavily on 14 seater matatus as a case in point.
With new vehicles he said, safety would be improved and increased.
" After wide consultation and research involving my government and
stakeholders, it has become clear that a blanket ban on 14-seater PSVs, especially for long-distance and rural transport, may not be appropriate at this time," he said.
He also urged investors to continue putting heir faith in new and better vehicles and technologies.
"This ban will not be implemented to ensure that operators continue to
invest in new, roadworthy and, therefore, safer transport for rural and
That said, he asked operators to comply with regulations and heed the relevant rules from authorities which include de-congesting the cities .
" In that regard, I expect the industry
to support and comply with my government's efforts to reduce congestion
through the elimination of low-capacity vehicles in cities like Nairobi
and Mombasa," he added.
Uhuru spoke at the national transport delegates conference in Nairobi Wednesday.
The move will delight operators who had from the beginning of the year failed to register 14 seater vehicles as public service vehicles.
The 14 seater matatus constitute upto 75% of public transport vehicles, an initial cause of concern for stakeholders once the ban was mooted as a possibility.
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