NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – Drivers and conductors hiking fares due to a shortage of Public Service Vehicles will be arrested.
Speaking at the Motor Vehicles Inspection Centre in Industrial Area on Monday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said compliant operators should not take advantage of the public transport crisis to overcharge commuters.
“From tomorrow, all PSV vehicles will be required to have clearly displayed fare tables and police will ask passengers how much fare they have paid. If the amount paid will be more than what is on the fare table, the driver and the conductor of the vehicle will be arrested,” warned Matiangi.
His directive comes as a relief to passengers who were being charged double fares to get to their destinations on Monday morning when the crackdown started.
Matiangi further said they will not be blackmailed by operators who have created a crisis by keeping their vehicles from the roads.
“I have been told that some operators have decided to withdraw their vehicles. That’s fine, they can keep them at home as long as they want because we are not changing our position. I’m aware that my colleague in Transport has instructed NTSA to review the licenses of SACCOS that have boycotted because you are not licensed to blackmail people, you are licensed to do business,” he said.
Transport CS James Macharia further directed the Kenya Railways management to increase the frequency of commuter train services and reduce fares by 10 per cent until normalcy returns in the public transport system.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet also urged passengers to only board fully compliant vehicles.
Those using private vehicles have also been asked to follow the law and make use of safety belts.