A matatu sacco based in Nakuru has suggested that the government compels owners of public service vehicles to remove some seats in order to force them to comply with the social distancing measures put in place to contain the spread of Covd-19.
Molo Line Services Vice-Chairman Kibra Muchai said this measure, if implemented, will force PSV operators to carry only the required number of passengers in their vehicles. Mr Muchai said matatu operators have been flouting the stringent Covid-19 regulations set by the Ministry of health, putting the lives of Kenyans at the risk of contracting the virus.
He gave an example of the Molo-Nakuru road where he said matatus carry more passengers than the required number. He said chances of contracting the deadly virus is high as many of the operators are not following the measures put in place by the government.
Mr Kibira urged Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to make impromptu inspection visits especially in areas where there are no police roadblocks to see the reality on the ground.
Some of them do not have hand sanitizers and do not demand that commuters wear face masks.