, NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 22 – The Matatu Welfare Association (MWA) is pleading with the government for more time before the roll out of the use of cashless fare system.
MWA Chairman Dickson Mbugua said on Thursday that the industry was not yet fully prepared for the system that was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta last year.
“The problem is the preparation on the ground by the stakeholders mainly by the PSV operators,” he said, arguing that people need to be educated about the system and trained on how to use the equipment.
“There is no adequate preparation… people are not are ready; there is no education and awareness, the service providers are not ready as well because they don’t have the equipment,” he said.
Mbugua said the plan should be rescinded, insisting that a cashless payment system has no value to the transport industry.
“The vehicles should be fully inspected and if competent as per the inspection then they should be licensed without any condition. After all cashless fare collection has no value addition in road safety,” he added.
His views are contrary to the position held by the Matatu Owners Association which is totally behind the removal of cash as a payment method in public service vehicles.
The move to enforce the cashless fare system is driven by the matatu owners after complaining they lose more than 30 percent of their daily earnings to the matatu operators.