, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero says Public Service Vehicle operators must observe the law and do not cause congestion in the city.
Speaking during the unveiling of a bus park terminus near the City Park on Wednesday, Kidero indicated that PSV operators need to pick up passengers at designated points and ensure they do not cause traffic snarl-ups.
He further urged them to avoid overlapping and double parking which contributes to heavy traffic jams which in turn impacts the economy negatively when a lot of manpower hours are wasted.
“All PSV operators should adhere to the law. We do not want to fight with them, we do not want trouble with them; Nairobi residents are saying that they want to travel easily and so those who are using the roads should do so in a way which does not inconvenience others,” Kidero stressed.
“There should not be any congestion within the CBD as a result of double parking or not observing the traffic laws.”
He expressed the county government’s commitment to work together with the operators to ensure that the sector runs smoothly.
“Over the last one week, I have seen the operators managing themselves. They are controlling themselves. And I am urging them that the few who do not want to observe the law should be dealt with decisively,” he said.
He observed that the initiative by the county government was to ensure that both operators and Nairobi residents benefit.
“We will work with our public transport operators to make transport comfortable, to make sure that their turnaround time is much faster so that they are able to make more trips and this can only happen when there is order in the manner traffic moves,” Governor Kidero emphasised.
Last month, a strike planned by the matatu operators was called off after an appeal by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
The day before, police lobbed teargas to disperse rowdy matatu operators who had blocked roads in downtown Nairobi ahead of the planned strike to protest parking license cancellations.