8 January 2014

Kenya: PSV Night Travel Ban Case to Be Heard Tomorrow

Photo: Wikipedia
Kenya bans night travel of Public Service Vehicles (file photo).

The High Court has this morning certified as urgent an application by public service vehicle owners challenging the night travel ban imposed by the government in December last year.

Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui acting on behalf of Kenya Country Bus Owners Association, Crown Bus, Kampala Coach, Tricha Collections, Neno Courier Services, Panther Travels, Mbukinya Bus Services, Traticom Enterprices, Ugwe Bus Services was directed by Justice David Majanja to serve the Cabinet Secretary for Transport Michael Kamau, Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru, IG David Kimaiyo, National Transport and Safety Authority Board with a notice of the case that will be heard tomorrow.

The government on December 24 through the Transport Ministry's Principal Secretary Nduva Muli announced the ban on night travel for public service vehicles subject to application for a license from the National Transport and Safety Authority to operate at night.

Transport CS Kamau said that the application fee for the license is Sh3000 and is renewable after a year.

Kamau added that the regulations are part of several other measures to curb road carnage and said that traffic police reports between December 24 and December 31 show a significant reduction of road accidents.

The psv owners have however questioned the legality of the ban saying that the "sudden and draconian" imposition of the ban is a direct violation of the constitution.

They claimed they were never given an opportunity to demonstrate to the government that they remain validly licensed to conduct and execute lawful night travel.

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