Relief as public service vehicles to carry full capacity

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Public Service Vehicles operators have welcomed the government’s announcement that allows them to carry full capacity effective from Monday, August 9, 2021.

In a press statement on Friday, Transport Chief Administrative Secretary Chris Obure said the vehicles will have to self-regulate in line with Covid-19 protocols.

According to CAS Obure, the ministry and the operators will sign an MoU to ensure protocols are observed in the next three days.

In a bid to avert the spread of Covid-19, the government of Kenya in March 2020 ordered 14-seater vehicles to carry eight passengers, 25-seater buses were to carry 15, and vehicles that carry more than 30 were to carry 60 percent of their capacities.

Following the directive, Kenyans were forced to dig deeper into their pockets to cater to their transportation costs after they hiked the prices.

Nairobi Matatu Operators Chairman Jamal Ibrahim has noted that the fare will now reduce beyond any doubt.

"We were carrying less capacity and had increased the charges because we were checking the maintenance costs as well. For now, we will reduce fares and get them back to normal," Jamal said.

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