NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – The Ministry of Transport has directed the Kenya Railways Corporation to increase the number and frequency of commuter trains on all routes.
This follows a transport crisis reported countrywide as police kicked off a major crackdown targeting non-compliant Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).
Through a statement, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia declared that train fares should be reduced until normal public transport services resume.
“To ensure that the public will be able to continue with their day to day activities in nation building, the Kenya Railways Corporation is hereby directed to increase the number and frequency of commuter trains on all routes and reduce the fare by 10 per cent,” he said.
He further urged Kenyans to support the initiative by the government to enforce traffic laws which encompass the famous Michuki rules, named after former Transport Minister the late John Michuki.
The rules, which include vehicles having a yellow line, functioning seat belts and valid insurance certificates, were not being implemented strictly in what is blamed for the increased number of road accidents.
In Mombasa, people have been forced to walk for several kilometres to and from the coastal town due to a shortage of matatus.
Police were also impounding motorcycles which were ferrying passengers, saying most of them do not comply with the set rules.
A similar situation was reported in Nakuru, Kisii, Nyeri, Eldoret among other areas.