DAILY POST: More trouble for matatus as UHURU/ RUTO’s Government plans to phase them out of our roads


DAILY POST: More trouble for matatus as UHURU/ RUTO’s Government plans to phase them out of our roads – They have only 2 months to operate



Friday December 7, 2018 – The 14-seater
matatus have only 2 months to operate on Kenyan roads after which they would be
phased out.
This was announced
by Transport Cabinet Secretary, 
James
Macharia, on Friday.
Speaking while
unveiling a new plan that will see 14-seater matatus kicked out of roads, 
Macharia
said that the first consignment consisting of 11 trains and 64 high-capacity
buses are set to hit the country in February 2019 to ease the congestion on 
Kenyan roads and there will be no need for the
14-seaters matatus which are prone to causing traffic jams.
“Plans are
underway for the implementation of an integrated train and high-capacity bus
transport system in Kenya,”
 said
Macharia.
According to the
CS, the plan will be rolled out in a period of three years and will be done in
the three Kenyan cities, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
This comes even as
matatu operators whose license-renewal 
applications have
been denied by the Transport Licensing Board (TLB) expressed fears that the new
roll out may also target 25 and 35-seater matatus.
“We
know that the scheme also involves phasing out the 25 and 35-seater matatus
from the roads.”
“These
plans involve some cartels who want to benefit from these BRT buses.”
“Some
of our members who have sought renewal of their TLB licences have been turned
away.”
“We
believe this is part of the move to implement the Government’s plan to phase
out matatus,” said the association’s chairman, Calvin Nyaure.

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Kenyan DAILY POST





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