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November 16, 2018

Matatu operators to withdraw services nationwide starting Monday

A file photo of matatus on Tom Mboya Street in Nairobi. Matatu operators will withdraw their services on Monday.
A file photo of matatus on Tom Mboya Street in Nairobi. Matatu operators will withdraw their services on Monday.

The Federation of Public Transport Operators will withdraw their services nationwide starting from Monday to protest the enforcement of Michuki rules.

"We would like to advise our members to withdraw their services on Monday for the purposes of aligning our operations to the new guidelines," chairman Edwin Mukabana said.

Addressing the media on Saturday, Mukabana said they have written to the Ministry of Transport seeking clarification on some of the requirements.

This includes clarification on charging vehicle owners for traffic violations, changing PSVs' colour to white and replacement of speed governors including the ones that are serviceable.

"We are seeking dialogue with authorities on some unclear and discriminatory guidelines," he added.

On Friday, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i said they are not going to carry anyone’s burden. He said lawlessness on the roads must come to a stop.

Matiang'i said the government will go after a chain of people to stamp out carelessness on the roads.

"We have taken a longer route this time. We will institutionalise our response to address this insanity. We will focus on the whole chain of responsibility," he said.

More on this: Matiang'i talks tough on unruly matatus, rogue drivers

Last week, the government issued a directive to all PSVs to comply with all traffic laws by November 12.

Read: Passengers not spared in State's renewed plan to enforce 'Michuki rules'

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