Amendment that will stop hiking of fares by matatu operators

New move

Transport CS James Macharia

The Transport ministry is set to amend the traffic laws in regards to regulation of fares charged by Public Service Vehicles (PSVs)

Transport CS James Macharia on Tuesday through CAS Chris Obure presented a proposal to the National Assembly’s Transport and Housing committee that will change section 4(2) of the NTSA through introduction of a sub-section to facilitate the creation of fare tariffs.

“The amendments will ensure effective regulation of fare tariffs by the authority similar to the regulation of petroleum process by the Energy Regulatory Commission,” remarked Obure.

The move by the government comes after Bomachoge Borabu MP Zadoc Ogutu presented the matter in Parliament citing hiking of fare in certain areas by the matatu operators.

Obure noted that the proposal would later be presented to the Cabinet for consideration then to the National Assembly.

NTSA to revoke licences of matatus over hiking of fare

In December 2018, NTSA had warned matatu operators that their licences would be revoked if they hiked fares.

According to NTSA, the action was in line with Section 30 of the NTSA Act No 33 of 2012 to maintain fares charged by operators are reasonable.

The transport authority stated the alert was issued after they received complaints from the public over the matter.

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