Nakuru Matatus ordered to display fare prices effective immediatly

Nakuru Matatus

Matatus and other public service vehicles operating in and from Nakuru will henceforth be required to clearly display the fares to various destinations on top of the vehicles.

In a letter dated the 6th of June and signed by John Kiara, the acting Nakuru County Director of Inspectorate Service, saccos that do not comply will face the risk of having their licenses revoked.

“It has come to the knowledge of the Nakuru County Government that most omnibus operators touts “makangas ” have been mishandling their clients.”

“In view of the foregoing, you are required within three days from the date of this notice to put in place the following measures so as to bring sanity and decency in your operations,” read part of the letter.

Directive on Nakuru Matatus
Nakuru matatus have been ordered to display their fare prices

The measures that will be enforced at the lapse of the three days compliance period include the display of signage on top of the vehicle showing fares charged to different destinations (routes).

In addition, all matatu sacco employees are required to be in uniform and wear name tags while on duty.

This, according to the enforcement unit, is in line with and pursuant to section 5(1) and section 14(b) (c) (d) of the County Omnibus Station by-laws 2004.

Many residents have applauded the move by the county government saying they have been victims of overcharging and mishandling at one time or the other.

Ever since she took over as Governor, Nakuru County CEO Susan Kihika promised to bring sanity to the matatu industry beginning with restoration to the former matatu stage.

Nakuru matatus’ demand return to CBD

Weeks after being moved out of the Central Business District, matatu operators in Nakuru town are now demanding a return to the CBD.

On Friday morning, the operators downed their tools in protest of what they say is lack of business in places where they were relocated to.

The Nakuru County security team deployed hundreds of police officers within the town and along the main highway to disperse the operators who had tried blocking the Nairobi-Eldoret highway.

According to the operators, stages, where they were relocated to, are making business hard for them due to unfavourable conditions.

They are now demanding an audience with Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

The county coronavirus emergency response committee ordered all public service vehicles out of the CBD as a containment measure against the spread of coronavirus.

They were related to Ziwani stage, kwa Jack, and railways grounds all out of town.

The relocation was part of the county’s strategy of decongesting the central business district

Some of the stages where matatus were relocated have been rendered out of bound especially during this rainy season with poor drainage being blamed for flooding of the grounds.

Bodaboda operators who had also been kicked out of town have started resuming their initial places within the CBD

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