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Use of seat belts ignored

12 July 2012, 13:00 Kelvin Mureithi

Passengers using public transport in Meru town and the adjacent towns have abandoned using the safety belts fitted in the commuters vehicles,except at places where they find police barriers.

A survey has revealed that only express PSV vehicles plying Meru –Nanyuki road and Meru –Nairobi routes adhere in accordance with the new transport regulation in which the passengers are supposed to fasten the safety belts.

The survey proved that vehicle crews and commuters  going to Isiolo, Maua and Nkubu and all vehicles that make several stops along the routes disobeys the use of safety belts until they come across Traffic police.

It was also learnt that although police have launched a massive crackdown on touts idling at the town Matatu terminus,the touts were masqueraded  as drivers or conductors by dressing in outfits similar to the official uniforms.

The survey exposed that  the government’s  bid to rid bus terminus of any idlers and loiterers was yet to succeed in Meru town,as Matatu cartels that were long abolished still existed.

It was observed that municipal council askaris within the main town stage were only collecting the normal levy from Matatus and busses at the entrance gates,while the cartels for diverse routes conducted their usual activities and taking money from operators.

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