Matatu sacco chal­lenges NTSA’s de­ci­sion in court

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

A matatu sacco whose li­cence was re­voked last month over non-com­pli­ance has gone to court to challenge the de­ci­sion. The Narok Line Ser­vices Sacco yes­ter­day told the High Court the de­ci­sion by the Na­tional Trans­port and Safety Au­thor­ity to halt op­er­a­tions of 140 ve­hi­cles is un­rea­son­able and a bla­tant abuse of pow­ers. The sacco, whose mata­tus ply Nairobi, Narok, Bomet, Kisii and Keri­cho routes, said it has been com­ply­ing with the NTSA Act, NTSA Reg­u­la­tions and the Traf­fic Act for the last 30 years. In a let­ter dated Septem­ber 13, the NTSA re­voked the op­er­a­tor’s li­cences of Narok Line and five other sac­cos. In its de­ci­sion, the NTSA di­rected the sacco to take its ve­hi­cles for in­spec­tion. The au­thor­ity also di­rected the traf­fic com­man­dant to en­sure ve­hi­cles from the sac­cos are im­pounded if they vi­o­late the sus­pen­sion. NTSA said the de­ci­sion is meant to crack down on er­rant mata­tus to curb road car­nage. Other sac­cos whose li­cences were re­voked are AheroMowouk Sacco, Daima Con­nec­tion Ltd Sacco, Sema Stage Sacco and Mwingi Trav­ellers Sacco.

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