In­tro­duce price con­trols for PSVs, NTSA urged

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

The Na­tional Trans­port and Safety Author­ity should in­tro­duce price con­trols for long-dis­tance pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cles, a bus com­pany has pro­posed.

Coast Bus man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ajaz Mirza said some buses ex­ploit pas­sen­gers dur­ing peak sea­sons, usu­ally in April, Au­gust and De­cem­ber.

“In Uganda and Tan­za­nia, they have as­so­ci­a­tions that con­trol prices. Kenya should look into it,” he said.

Mirza spoke on Tues­day dur­ing a meet­ing at­tended by of­fi­cials from the NTSA, Kenya Bureau of Stan­dards, Kenya Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Ser­vice and other pub­lic trans­port ser­vice reg­u­la­tors. NTSA in­tro­duced new safety stan­dards.

Mirza said buses that in­crease their ticket prices dur­ing peak sea­sons should have their li­censes re­voked. “I be­lieve ticket prices should be stan­dard, re­gard­less of the sea­son. Dou­bling or tripling ticket prices be­cause it is De­cem­ber hurts pas­sen­gers,” he said.

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