Cops to seize Probox cars operating as PSVs
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.