Bus owners bemoan night travel ban
06 January 2014, 10:26
Nairobi -Bus operators have opposed the recent ban of passenger service vehicles from operating at night.
Kenya Country Bus Owners Association Chairman, Paul Mburu, said that the directive,effected without prior notice to the public transporters.
He added that the government's decision got the operators by “surprise.”
According to him, passengers travelling from the coast to western part of the country had to make it to their destinations in two days, a distance that used to be covered in 15 hours in the past.
“The ban has caused us as bus owners immense losses since our vehicles have to remain idle at night and therefore lose out on night trips,” said Mburu.
He argued that since aeroplanes and trains ferried passengers at night, buses should not be victimized.
Not all accidents are the faults of passenger service vehicle drivers, he said.
Last month, Nduva Muli, the Principal Secretary for Transport, directed that all public service vehicles should cease operating at 1800 hrs local time.
The directive has since been adhered to with police officers manning highways and ordering drivers to cut short their travel forcing many to spend the nights where darkness finds them.
This has led to increase in bus fare and passengers travelling for long distances making stopovers before they arrive at their destinations.
Government argues the move to ban public vehicles traveling at night would reduce traffic crashes as these usually happened in the evening.
Thousands perish in road crashes per year, making Kenya’s roads among the most unsafe in the world.
– CAJ News