Sonko says matatus ban from CBD will streamline the sector

September 16, 2017 11:24 am


Matatus are often blamed for the heavy congestion witnessed in Nairobi. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 16 – Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko says the re-organisation of Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) set to take effect from Wednesday next week is aimed at streamlining the sector to improving revenue.

In a statement, Sonko stated that decongesting the Central Business District (CBD) will translate to more revenue for the Matatu sector, while at the same time ensuring residents move faster and more freely thus building the economy.

The Governor observed that during the pilot phase of the project, there will be “engagements between the PSV sector and the County Government so that challenges that may arise in the implementation of the Gazette Notice are addressed.”

In the new change, matatus in Nairobi County will be required to pick and drop passengers in specific zones outside the central business district from next week as part of measures to decongest the city.

Acting Chief Officer for roads Engineer Fredrick Karanja said passenger vehicles from Waiyaki way, Uhuru highway, Kipande road and Limuru road will be required to end their trips at Fig Tree A in Ngara on Murang’a Road.

Those from Thika road and Kiambu road have been allocated a terminus which will be known as Fig Tree B.

All the vehicles that go past Ruiru but branch off before or at Kenol town on Meru-Nairobi road their terminus will be at Desai service road terminus while all upcountry vehicles on Uhuru Highway will Park on Park Road.

Public Service Vehicles from Ngong road their termini will be Railway, vehicles from Jogoo road and Lusaka road will be terminating at Muthurwa while all high capacity from upcountry will station at Machakos terminus.

”This is only going to be possible by all players agreeing to cooperate to adopt a new way of operating, especially in the way passengers are picked and dropped, which contributes to nearly half of the traffic snarl-ups in the Central Business District,” Sonk o said.

He further announced plans by City Hall to employ over 1,000 Traffic Marshalls in the next few months to ensure the enforcement of the regulations.

He stated that this will ensure self-regulation within the industry.

“Besides, they will be uniformed and trained to ensure smooth flow of vehicles. Under this new framework. Under this new framework, it will be easy to identify those who fail to comply with the new regulations. As I have assured the people of Nairobi before, I remain committed to creating more employment opportunities, but within a legally permissible framework,” he stated.



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