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Lobby asks NTSA to crackdown on proboxes

03 December 2015, 09:45 Obare Nyamota

Nakuru - A lobby group has urged National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to crackdown on proboxes and other small vehicles engaging in illegal public transport business.

Social Watch Chairman, James Mugo said vehicles which are not public service (PSV) compliant have affected business for matatus due to unhealthy competitions and led to insanity in roads besides becoming the number one killers through accidents.

“Matatu operators have all along been complaining since these illegal entrants are not authorized public service vehicles,” said Mugo.

The lobbyist further said the civil society and matatu operators were ready to help the NTSA get rid of such vehicles from the roads.

The calls come amid complaints by a section of Public service vehicle (PSV) operators from South Rift that NTSA was applying double standards in dealing with matatus affiliated to Saccos.

Read Also: Road accidents kill 1.25 mn each year, Africa deadliest

Nuclear Investments Limited accused the Authority of turning a blind eye when their competitors cause accidents.

''Take for instance the Triple S vehicle that killed seven people on the spot at Kakuzi area along the Nairobi-Embu road last month. Was any action taken by the NTSA against them?'' posed John Maina, a member.

He said an entire fleet of 200 vehicles belonging to the Sacco had received threaths of being grounded following an accident along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway in which one person perished.

''NTSA must stop double standards. You can imagine the magnitude of loss we are incurring, yet Proboxes which are not even PSV compliant get away scot free,'' he said.

Under the new security laws, the fine for an offender who causes death using a non-entity vehicle has been raised from KES 20 000 to KES 100 000.

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