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NTSA suspends operations of over 200 matatus

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has cracked the whip on matatus suspending operations of more than 200 Public Service Vehicles PSV belonging to KISTAG Sacco.

The exercise comes days after a matatu belonging to the Sacco was involved in a grisly accident along the Kisumu-Bondo highway where six passengers lost their lives.

The agency said that the vehicles would be subjected to mass inspection and their drivers re-tested within two weeks before being allowed to reume their operations.

The accident that happened along the Bondo-Ndori road at Raling’o in Rarieda sub-county involved a matatu and a truck.

According to eyewitnesses, the matatus were moving in opposite directions before they collided head-on.

Four passengers, including a three-year-old child, died on the spot, while two others succumbed while undergoing treatment at the Bondo Sub-County hospital.

Earlier in February this year, the regulatory authority suspended the operations of Memba Travelers Sacco after an act in which a female passenger died after being thrown out of a moving matatu.

‘’The authority directs that all vehicles operated by the Sacco should stop operating with immediate effect,’’ a statement released to the press directed.

NTSA summoned the Saccos officials, who were also ordered to present their fleet for a compliance inspection exercise in Nairobi.

The authority also disclosed that it would enhance its compliance check to establish that the Sacco meets the NTSA necessities for the operation of public transport.

The deceased, Judy Wanjiku, died following the confrontation with the matatu crew over the fare she had been asked to pay.

Wanjiku was then pushed from the matatu in Juja, rendering her unconscious for a while. She later succumbed to the injuries at the hospital.

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