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Why Kenyans are still stranded despite matatu strike being called off

Not yet out of the woods

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On Monday, the crisis was attributed to the decision by matatu owners to call for a nationwide strike in protest to the new rules.

Although the strike was called off on Monday evening, many PSVs are yet to return to the roads as they are yet to comply with the new public transport guidelines.

A section of matatu owners had hoped that the government would back down on some of the requirements as part of a comprise deal meant to resolve the strike.

On Monday, however, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i escalated the situation after he ordered the withdrawal of PSV licenses for vehicles that had been withdrawn from the road.

Among the new rules that matatu owners are working round the clock to comply is the new version speed governor which has run out of the market.

Citizen TV on Monday evening reported mechanics around the country complaining that speed governors are out of stock following a high demand from public service vehicle operators.

The last batch of the speed regulators was reportedly brought into the country on Friday last week while the next one is expected tomorrow (Wednesday, November 14).

Other issues include the yellow band on all PSVs with a capacity of less than 25 passengers, as well as fitting functional seat belts on all seat belts.

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