Nationwide traffic crackdown halted

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The government of Kenya has stopped the continuing statewide road traffic crackdown on public service vehicles (PSVs), personal vehicles, and other commercial vehicles that have been suspended.

The crackdown was called off following a sit down with the National Police Service, National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and the Federation for Public Transport Sector (FPTS) on Wednesday.

The stakeholders present during the meeting were the FPTS chairman Edwin Mukabana, Deputy Inspector General Edward Mbugua and the Director-General NTSA George Njau.

This comes a day after the federation asked NTSA to stop all unnecessary traffic inspections, threatening a strike on Wednesday.

The matatu operators said that the industry has not yet fully recovered from the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak and that the checks are biting into their pockets, impeding profit growth.

The federation issued the warning two weeks after negotiations between the FPTS and the NTSA collapsed.

"The public transport strike that was scheduled to commence today 16th March 2022 is hereby suspended. The ongoing multi-agency crackdown on non-compliant public transport vehicles has been suspended," said police spokesperson Bruno Shioso.

It was further agreed that the federation of public transport will be represented in future multi-agency operations.

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