NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Wednesday suspended the operating licences for Daima Connection Ltd and Rengcom Communications Ltd following the involvement of their vehicles in fatal accidents on Saturday.
Daima had its night time operating licence suspended while Rengcom had both its day and night time operating licences suspended.
“The public is hereby advised not to board vehicles registered under Rengcom Communications Ltd and not to board vehicles registered under Daima Connection Ltd between the hours of 6pm and 6am until further advised,” the authority stated.
Daima Connection it said, also risked losing its day time operating licence, should it fail to present all its vehicles for inspection within seven days.
Other SACCOs were cautioned against admitting any of the vehicles registered under the two companies without the prior approval of the authority.
The two companies whose vehicles were involved in two separate fatal accidents along the Mai Mahiu-Narok road, the authority stated, would only have the suspensions lifted when they, “fulfil all the conditions imposed on them by the authority.”
The authority explained the decision was reached following investigations into two separate fatal accidents that both occurred along Mai Mahiu-Narok road on January 24.
A measure the authority has taken against other SACCOs in the past whose vehicles have been involved in fatal road accidents or most recently, whose crew members have been involved in indecent behaviour.
Public Service Vehicle operators have however termed such action as punitive as it punishes the whole for the mistakes of a few, putting hundreds of the crew members in their employ out of work for the duration of the suspensions and the vehicle owners out of business; leading a few to seek remedy in the courts.
The authority however maintains that grounding an entire SACCO’s fleet forces them to be their ‘brother’s keeper,’ and has resulted into more responsible behaviour on the roads and fewer accidents.