NTSA suspends two matatu saccos licences over non-compliance

The National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) has suspended the licences of two matatu saccos over non-compliance

According to NTSA Director General George Njao, Bungoma Line Safari Ltd and Smart Highways Sacco Ltd, the companies behind the long-distance shuttles had failed to comply with the necessary regulations including speed violations.

“The Authority notifies the public that it has suspended the Operator Licenses for Bungoma Line Safari Ltd and Smart Highways Sacco Ltd. The suspensions were necessitated by the saccos failure to comply with provisions of Section 5 of the NTSA (Operation of PSV) Regulations, 2014 and analysis of speed data violations that were compiled through the NTSA Intelligent Road Safety Management System. (IRSMS),” read the statement in part.

NTSA further directed the two saccos to submit their vehicles for inspection should the owners want to have the licences restored.

“In its decision, the Authority expects the saccos to comply with all the requirements of the Traffic Act, the PSV Regulations and present their vehicles for compliance inspection to establish their roadworthiness and to confirm the functionality of the installed speed limiters,” it added.

The suspension comes as the authority launched a nationwide crackdown on motorists who flout traffic rules and regulations.

On Wednesday, an enforcement team at Lukenya, Machakos County on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway netted more than 1000 errant vehicles.

The vehicles included both private and public service which were ferrying passengers to various destinations during the operations catching most motorists unawares.

Mr Njau and other senior NTSA officers alongside those from National Police Service counterparts oversaw the crackdown where the vehicles were impounded and their number plates removed for failing to comply with various traffic regulations.

Athi River OCPD Jos Mudavadi said that the operation which started at around 10am was a normal thorough operation that was meant to enforce traffic laws, rules and regulations.

“Today alone we have managed to impound more than 1000 vehicles both private, commercial and unroadworthy ones alongside those that don’t have the required documents as per the law,” said Mr Mudavadi.

Also, motorists who flout traffic rules and regulations were targeted during the crackdown.

“All motorists must possess relevant required documents like driving licenses to be on the road,” he said.

On his part, DG Njau said that most accidents result from unsafe road user behaviour such as overloading, unsafe crossing, speeding and drunk driving.

“Road safety begins with each and every one of us. Travellers should do their part by always wearing seatbelts and reporting PSV drivers who appear to be driving under the influence,” said Mr Njau.

“We have been conducting such crackdowns since February. This is one of the strategies to ensure safety on our roads for the benefit of all road users, and we will continue to do so until insanity is restored.”

He added that it was not only in Nairobi or Machakos but NTSA officers had mounted compliance checks on major highways.

“Similar checks were conducted along the Garissa-Nairobi highway, Embu – Nairobi road and in Kisii and other major highways in the country,” he said.

According to statistics from the NTSA 1090 people have lost their lives in road accidents in  Kenya this year alone.


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