Sus­pen­sion of five matatu sac­cos a les­son to oth­ers

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

The move by the Na­tional Trans­port and Safety Author­ity to sus­pend li­cences for five matatu sac­cos, whose ve­hi­cles flouted the 80kph speed limit, is com­mend­able. This will be a les­son to other sac­cos so that they can take full con­trol of their fleets. They will also en­sure their crews and matatu own­ers ad­here to all the stip­u­lated rules. En­sur­ing that all their ve­hi­cles are fit­ted with speed gov­er­nors and safety belts is their job. They must en­sure the op­er­a­tors do not tam­per with the de­vices. Speed­ing and drink driv­ing are among the main causes of ac­ci­dents. They must con­trol this. NTSA di­rec­tor gen­eral Fran­cis Meja re­cently said road ac­ci­dents have de­clined by 2.5 per­cent. We can do bet­ter than this if sac­cos work to­gether with en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties. For th­ese ef­forts to work bet­ter, all mo­torists should ex­er­cise cau­tion, obey traf­fic rules and stick to the stip­u­lated speed lim­its.

BRIAN MUTORO Nairobi

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