14 March 2019

Kenya: Over 100 Matatus Impounded in Nairobi Over Illegal Parking

Photo: Martin Mukangu/Daily Nation
Matatus pick up passengers along Murang'a Road in Nairobi (file photo).

Nairobi — Over 100 matatus have been impounded in Nairobi for illegal parking within the Central Business District (CBD).

According to Nairobi County Parking Services Director, Tom Tinega, some matatu operators are very careless as they park, drop and pick passengers in undesignated areas.

This has been causing obstruction that leads to traffic snarl up within the city.

"We have put the rogue Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) operators on notice, that we are not going to allow them to break the laws. Some of these individuals are careless and so pathetic in the way they do their work. This is a Capital City and sanity must prevail," said Tinega.

The operations on rogue PSVs was carried out on Latema Street, Moi Lane, Tom Mboya Street, Gill House area and Munyu Road respectively.

Those arrested are expected to be charged in court.

Two weeks ago, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko warned that sanity must prevail within the Nairobi transport sector and that the Public Service Vehicle (PSVs) operators must adhere to the laws

"We have noted with concern that many PSVs are parking, dropping and picking passengers at undesignated areas within the CBD. We must therefore bring order in this county by ensuring that all the PSVs operators observe the county laws," said Sonko.

Governor Sonko has today issued a directive to the relevant county departments to ensure sanity prevails within all the streets of Nairobi.

Sonko also warned that those county officers who are working in cohort with the rogue PSVs operators and soliciting money from drivers to allow them to break the law, that they will also be arrested.

He said any county official caught in this syndicate will face the wrath of the law.

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