The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Monday announced that it had de-registered PSV licenses for Megarider Management Company Ltd and Mathome Watergate Company Ltd.
In a statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the institution's Director General Francis Meja found that the matatus had violated the law.
"Following the violation of provisions of section 5 (1) of the National Transport and Safety Authority (Operation on PSV) Regulations 2014, the following two transport operators have been registered from operating with effect from 13th September 2018," the statement read in part.
Matatus under the Megarider Management Company ply routes between Railways, Langata road, Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, Kabiria KNH and Ambassador.
PSVs under Mathome Watergate Company Ltd operate in Nairobi, Murang'a, Othaya, Nyeri, Nyahururu towns.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (Operation of Public Service Vehicles) Regulations of 2014, and individual desirous of operating public service vehicles shall be a member of a body corporate.
The body, in turn, has to meet a number of conditions including owning a minimum of thirty serviceable vehicles registered as public service vehicles or in respect to which an application for a licence has been or is to be lodged with the Authority.
The act further states; "the corporate shall have in its employment a staff complement which must include at a minimum - (i) a driver in respect to each public service vehicle; (ii) an inspector for each route on which the public service vehicle is intended to operate; (iii) an office manager; (iv) an accounts clerk; and (v) a qualified mechanic or a contract under which the services of a mechanic are outsourced."
The Company must have in place a code of conduct approved by the Authority governing its employees, agents and sub-contractors in addition to having in place a documented management system, safety management system based on ISO 39001:2012 “Road Traffic Safety Management Systems” or equivalent and customer complaints handling system.
NTSA may refuse to issue a PSV licence upon failure to comply to the minimum conditions stipulated or; "at its discretion issue a licence conditional on the requirement that the applicant demonstrates compliance within a stipulated period failing which the licence shall be withdrawn upon the expiry of the stipulated period."
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