Govt Gives NTSA More Powers Over Matatus

  • A police officer engages a motorist during the NTSA crackdown on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
    A police officer engages a motorist during the NTSA crackdown on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
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  • The government has tasked the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) to crack the whip on matatu saccos that do not comply with the newly launched public Code of Conduct to ensure the safety of all road users. 

    According to the new regulations, developed by the Political Leadership and Governance Programme (PLGP), NTSA will work with law enforcement to upscale compliance and surveillance on matatu Saccos.  

    While speaking during the launch, PLGP representative Diana Owuor added that the code seeks to set behavioural standards to be adhered to by PSVs and their crews. 

    An NTSA official marshalls traffic at a past accident scene
    An NTSA official marshalls traffic at a past accident scene
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    "Where the employees fail to comply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct, the Sacco may apply disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Each crew member shall receive a copy of this Code of Conduct and shall acknowledge himself/herself with this Code of Conduct by signing it,” she stated. 

    In the new rules, drivers and conductors are strictly not allowed to work under the influence of alcohol or any other drug-related substances. 

    Further, tough penalties would be imposed to those found in possession of firearms, weapons or other items intended to be used as a weapon while using public transport. 

    Owuor also admonished how touts and kamageras forced passengers to board their vehicles by dragging or verbally abusing them. She added that those found culpable shall face the full force of the law. 

    Her sentiments were echoed by NTSA Road Safety Programmes Manager, Samuel Musumba who affirmed that they are committed to ensuring PSVs adhere to the new regulations. 

    "They will have to swear by the code while applying for licences and then we will go full blast in creating awareness as well as enforcing compliance."

    Further, Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) Head of Traffic Boniface Otieno noted an increase in the rate of sexual harassment especially on women in the public transport sector. He pointed out that kamageras were responsible for over 90 per cent of the crimes. 

    "We promise to upscale enforcement and surveillance and ensure matatu Saccos and crew address the matter. We have enough rules and regulations to rein in on the offence," he stated. 

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