The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) under the leadership of Director General George Njao has suspended the operating license for Modern Coast bus Company, following morning crash that left 5 dead and 62 people injured.
The suspension comes hours after two Modern Coast Buses were involved in a grisly road accident at Kiongwani along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.
In a statement, Police have been asked to impound any modern coast buses that will be found to be operating within the suspension period.
88 buses grounded
“NTSA suspends Modern Coast licence. Over the last couple of days, the Authority has been monitoring the operations of Modern Coast Bus Express Limited following reports of several near fatal crashes.
Following the early Thursday morning crash involving two of their buses, the Authority has with immediate effect suspended the Company's operator's licence and initiated a thorough investigation into its safety standards and operations. The Company's access to the NTSA portal has been deactivated to limit any activities on their 88 vehicles, as the investigation continues. The National Police has also been advised to impound any of their vehicles from operating contrary to this suspension. We take this opportunity to condole with all those who lost their loved ones through this tragic crash and pray quick recovery for the injured.
Director General” reads the NTSA statement.
The said Accident occurred at around 2.40am
"One of the buses was heading from Malaba town while the other one was heading towards Nairobi when the accident occurred. The bus coming from Mombasa left its lane and collided with the oncoming bus," said Makueni County Police Commander Joseph ole Napeiyan.