Why NTSA will only renew licenses for 24 matatu saccos

Chosen few

NTSA officials inspecting a PSV vehicle

NTSA on Thursday said that only 24 14-seater matatu saccos that acquired temporary court orders in December will have their licences renewed.

The 24 out of 200 matatu saccos had moved to court on December 19 and were issued with the orders that suspended the ban until February 15 2019.

According to the road authorities, matatu saccos that weren’t issued with the orders will not have their licences renewed.

The Association of Matatu Operators has filed a petition to oppose the move by NTSA.

The 1st respondent (NTSA) has discriminated against members of the applicant association in processing of road service licences and barred them from renewing road service PSV licence, alleging they were not party to petition 440 of 2018,” read a part of the petition.

The association further pointed out that the decision by the court was binding to all the saccos and the interpretation by NTSA was unreasonable.

Arrival of commuter trains and buses in Nairobi

The decision by the High Court to suspend the ban comes after Transport CS James Macharia stated that the first set of 11 trains and 64 high-capacity commuter buses will arrive in the country in February 2019.

Macharia had earlier stated that the matatus were the reason for the congestion witnessed on the roads in the city.

The Transport CS reiterated that the plan will be effected in Nairobi and other major towns in Kenya within a period of two to three years.

“Plans are underway for the implementation of integrated train and high-capacity bus transport system in Kenya,” remarked Macharia.

The buses will be used on the already marked Thika Superhighway and other major roads in Nairobi.

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