Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital News
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and his Transport counterpart James Macharia watch as a public health official vaccinate a matatu operator in Railways bus station in Nairobi. /SAM WANJOHI.

County News

NTSA working to create effective cashless system for PSV’s

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 -The government has announced plans to push for a cashless payment system in the public transport sector as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) was working on an effective system that will also help boost security of passengers.

It will also enable the government to access travel manifest that makes it easy to trace passengers who used public transport.

“As a government, we shall continue to encourage you to comply with the various government guidelines issued from time to time through the MoH that have proved effective in controlling the spread of the virus,” said Macharia during the launch of the Nationwide Public Service Operators Covid 19 Vaccination Awareness campaign.

He was at the launch with his Health ministry counterpart Mutahi Kagwe who called on more Kenyans to turn up for the covid jab, including Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators.

Kagwe said that the vaccination drive will enhance safety measures to the more than 90pc of Kenyans who rely on the public transport means.

“We want to see all operators participating in this mass vaccination. Losing one of you is a big loss to the country; you are our front line workers as well for without you even our own would not get to work,” he said.

Matatu Owners Association (MoA) Chairman Simon Kimutai noted the challenges faced by the industry including reduced earnings, job losses and increased operational costs incurred by public transport operators’ as they provide personal protective equipment (PPE’s) to commuters and their employers.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

He particularly cited the high parking fees charged by the county governments.

“Spaces provided by the county government are so small and does not commensurate with what they collect from us. How can I pay close to Sh10,000 for a space that does not exist?” Kimutai asked, “We need to buy the space and not charge per vehicle, since they are on the move. Unfortunately they are taking advantage by making us pay per passenger, so this must be revised.”

He further called upon the Ministry of Health to consider revising the curfew hours especially for those in SME’s and who find themselves caught up with curfew regulations while in transit.

“The government should seriously look into this as it is affecting those in business and always on transit to deliver their goods,” said Kimutai.

In the meantime, he expressed support towards the vaccinations of PSV operators stating that it will enable the transport sector to play its facilitative role in the improvement of the livelihood of Kenyans, the economical revival, and the development of the country under the harsh economic environment brought about by Covid 19 pandemic.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Play to listen to Capital FM News

More on Capital News

Corona Virus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have issued an urgent call for the implementation of concrete action...

Capital Health

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21-The Ministry of Health is ramping up COVID-19 vaccination in drought-hit counties through food distribution networks. Acting Director-General for Health Dr...

Top stories

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21 – Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has threatened to sue activist Boniface Mwangi for defamation. This follows a viral video...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 — Kenya and Malawi have ushered in a new dawn in their bilateral relations by signing eight new agreements designed...

Top stories

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 21 – Deputy President William Ruto has said the 2022 election contest has been framed. He said the race will be...

Corona Virus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a position paper on building health systems resilience towards Universal Health Coverage...

Capital Health

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 20 – Bars in the country will remain closed after 7pm, Police Headquarters said Wednesday. The announcement by police was made...

Fifth Estate

The feud over the investigation – and prosecution of suspects – in the murder of Tob Cohen has exposed the simmering tensions between the...