Cops to seize Probox cars op­er­at­ing as PSVs

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Joseph Boin­net (pic­tured) yes­ter­day or­dered of­fi­cers to im­pound all Probox ve­hi­cles found op­er­at­ing as PSVs with­out li­cences. This came as Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta urged matatu own­ers to rein in their rogue crew mem­bers to bring order and san­ity to the sec­tor. Speak­ing at the Matatu Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Del­e­gates’ Con­fer­ence at the KICC, Nairobi, Boin­net said the ve­hi­cles cause the high­est num­ber of ac­ci­dents. “Kenyans die and oth­ers are maimed, but they can­not be com­pen­sated be­cause these ve­hi­cles do not have PSV in­sur­ance. The law must be fol­lowed,” he said. The IG’s order fol­lows com­plaints by matatu own­ers that the num­ber of Probox ve­hi­cles op­er­at­ing as PSVs has risen, hurt­ing their busi­ness. MOA chair­man Si­mon Kimu­tai said the ve­hi­cles do not have PSV stick­ers, in­sur­ance and speed gover­nors, but have been al­lo­cated pas­sen­ger pick­ing and drop­ping points by the county gov­ern­ments. In a speech read by Trans­port CS James Macharia, Pres­i­dent Uhuru urged matatu sac­cos to in­stil dis­ci­pline in their crews so they treat pas­sen­gers with re­spect and dig­nity. Most Kenyans pre­fer pri­vate ve­hi­cles be­cause of the rogu­ish ways of the PSV op­er­a­tors, their in­dis­ci­pline and dirty ve­hi­cles. The Pres­i­dent urged the PSV own­ers to con­sider in­vest­ing in high ca­pac­ity buses, es­pe­cially in ma­jor towns, to re­duce traf­fic jams. “If you in­tro­duce the high ca­pac­ity ve­hi­cles and train your driv­ers to drive care­fully, en­sure the ve­hi­cles are clean and the crew is cour­te­ous to the pas­sen­gers, then most peo­ple will leave their cars at home and use pub­lic trans­port. This will re­duce traf­fic tremen­dously,” he said.

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