By Kiptanui Rutto

Police in Kajiado County today launched crackdown on Public Service Vehicles (PSV) to ensure they adhere to the requirement measurements by the Ministry of Health to curb spread of Coronavirus.

The requirements include thermos-guns, surgical masks, disinfection facilities in terminals, physical distancing clearly marked, openable windows in matatus, incident register, passenger manifest, number of seats available displayed, emergency contact displayed, daily disinfection log on board, driver’s contact address permanently displayed, luggage disinfection, baggage areas and operators are also required to provide guidance to passengers regarding application of the preventive measures.

Some of the Public Service Vehicles in Nairobi’s CBD. Photo/ Kiptanui Rutto

The crackdown caused chaos as passengers remain stranded for the better part of the day as those not complied were not allowed to operate.

In Ongata Rongai, some operators engaged in a tussle with the officers at around Multimedia University. Some resort to blocking the road since most of them had not complied with the regulation accusing them of not communicating of giving the necessary information.

“We were not consulted, no prior information and the process is much expensive,” one of the operators said.

Ongata Rongai Matatu Owners chairperson Lucy Wachuka said the rules apply to long distance vehicles. However, she decried other compliance like getting the passengers contacts saying for town service vehicles, it is a hard task.

Wachuka who is also a nominated MCA said they were not called for a meeting said to happen in Ngong even for the chairpersons of the Saccos, they were not informed adding that they will comply with some regulations if they are involved and given time.

Kajiado North Sub County Deputy County Commissioner Tom Anjera said the PSV operators should acquire a certification document from the Ministry of Health.

In Nairobi’s CBD, it was business as usual, however, most of the transport sector operators are doing the necessary though not are required, long distance operators have fully complied with the Ministry’s requirement.

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