, NAKURU, Kenya Nov 14 – More than 400 offenders were arrested in Nakuru on Wednesday in the ongoing crackdown in the public transport sector.
Of those arrested, 234 are drivers while 51 are conductors and 112 boda boda riders—according to Nakuru County Commander Hassan Barua. 10 were pillions who failed to comply with safety rules that requires that they wear helmets.
“114 public transport vehicles and 118 boda bodas have been impounded for noncompliance with the road safety traffic regulations,” Barua told journalists in Nakuru, where he observed that there was “ease of transport compared to Monday when the crackdown started because many of the operators have decided to comply and are back on the roads.”
The crackdown is being undertaken countrywide on orders of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and his Transport counterpart James Macharia who are keen on implementing the rules first introduced by former Transport Minister the late John Michuki.
By Tuesday night, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet announced that 5,600 cases had been detected in the countrywide operation, with most cases already processed for court appearance.
“We will not relent on this,” Boinnet told Capital FM News, “we will continue until we achieve total compliance.”
Matatu operators had grounded their vehicles on Monday when the operation started, prompting a warning from Matiangi who said “they can keep their vehicles if they don’t want to comply because we will not bend the laws for them.”