Commuters suffer as NTSA starts crackdown on matatus
25 January 2016, 16:50
Nairobi - Commuters in Nairobi suffered as the National Transport and Safety Authority started a crackdown on matatus in the city following the enaction of new rules designed to bring sanity back on the roads.
The NTSA Monday started a crackdown on matatus after a new law limiting their existence on the roads took effect.
The new law entails that matatus must not have multiple colours, noisy horns, loud music as well as noisy exhaust pipes.
Also on the list is that they should have the names of their Saccos written loudly on their sides as well as reduce graffiti on their bodies.
Matatu owners have complained that the move will kill their business as the young urban youth prefer to use the matatus that are pimped up and that they have invested millions of shillings to get their matatus to their current state.
The NTSA though, is having none of it.
In several routes in the city, the officers were stationed in critical areas and stopped all matatus, seeking to know of they had adhered to the new rules.
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The crackdown meant that many matatus stopped operations for the day and those that were on the roads charged exorbitant fares to their respective destinations.
In Umoja, many were left stranded in the early morning rush to work, with some being forced to walk long distances to make their way to work.
" I have had to walk to as far as Outering Road to get a matatu. It is tough for us normal working Kenyans," Eric Ndegwa an accountant told News24.
Also badly affected was Ongata Rongai which is many residents were left contemplating high fares to their respective work places.
Some matatus charged as much as KES 200 to town, which left many in the red.
NTSA chairman Lee Kinyanjui said that the crackdown would continue until the 'unroadworthy' matatus are weeded out of the roads.
" The crackdown must go on and will go on. It is for the sake of Kenyans that we are doing this," he added.
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