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Owners of private vehicles ferrying students want law on yellow buses quashed

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – Disgruntled business people are in court to challenge the recent Traffic Amendment Act requiring all School vehicles to be painted yellow.

The 28 businessmen and women want the regulation nullified claiming they stand to suffer loss of livelihood.

They are particularly angered by the move because other than ferrying students they cannot carry mourner’s, employees to and from work and other clientele.

The petitioners who say they own a fleet of about 78 vehicles which they acquired from personal savings and loans are yet to comply with the directive insisting it is punitive and irregular.

Under a certificate of urgency, the business people claim if they were to comply with the requirement “it would mean loss of business from other clientele who contribute to their livelihood”.

Pending determination of the suit, the aggrieved men and women want the Act suspended on grounds that it was put in place without due key deliberations and consultations from the relevant stakeholders.

Also sought is an order stopping the police from arresting and indicting them for failure to comply with the rule.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi had issued a deadline of March 30, 2018, to comply with the law that requires school buses to be painted yellow in color.

The CS has also directed that school buses operate between 6 am to 6 pm.

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He said that the buses should also be fitted with safety belts designed for children.

He said the only way to reduce the increased accidents including those carrying students if the prescribed rules are followed.

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