Stakeholders’ talks slam brakes on PSV operation

Thursday, March 17th, 2022 00:18 | By
A public Service Vehicle (PSV) bus plying the Nairobi - Emali route being loaded at the famous Machakos Bus Station. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

The planned crackdown on non-compliant public transport vehicles has been suspended following a deal between the police, National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and the Federation for Public Transport Sector (FPTS).

Following the planned crackdown, some matatu owners had called for a strike, which was to start yesterday.

The National Police Service Spokesperson Bruno Shioso yesterday said following the meeting, it was agreed that both the matatu strike and the planned crackdown be suspended.

“It was further agreed that the FPTS be represented in future multi-agency operations,” he said.

The meeting was attended by the FPTS chairman Edwin Mukabana, Deputy Inspector General Edward Mbugua and NTSA Director General George Njau.

The matatu operators who opposed the crackdown said the sector was yet to fully recover from effects of Covid-19 pandemic and that the checks were exacerbating an already bad economic situation.

Four days ago, police also suspended the boda boda crackdown to give room for consultations.

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