Matatus Operating in Petrol Stations to be Kicked Out
Matatu and long distance Public Service Vehicles that drop and pick passengers at Petrol Stations in Nairobi will soon be kicked out should Nairobi County Assembly pass a motion that seeks to lock them out of Petrol Stations.
The motion is being sponsored by Umoja 1 member of county assembly Mark Mugambi and according to him the PSVs operating in the Petrol Stations pose a serious danger to passengers and others in the station.
Transline, Ena Coach and Overseas are some of the affected companies.
They operate in a petrol station just behind Afya Center building within the Nairobi Central Business District.
“Some of these long distance vehicles operate within petrol stations and the stations are considered as danger zones… We have signs within petrol stations that require you to switch off your engine and switch off your phone when in a petrol station…sadly within Nairobi CBD we have Matatu operators that have colluded with our county officials and are using these areas as picking and dropping zones despite being not gazzetted,” Mugambi said.
“Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority does not permit the same ..and this is purely being allowed by crooked city county personnel …I feel this must stop we are endangering lives of our people and God forbid should one station catch fire you can imagine the tragedy that might occur ….and the number of lives we will lose..” he added.
“We are not going to burry our heads in the soil forgetting that we have a looming danger …let’s not be Kenyans that learn from occurrences,” Mark said.
The MCAs will now debate on the motion before implementation by the county executive.
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By Allan Otieno