The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has on 30th of September 2019 suspended licenses for nine Matatu Saccos within Nairobi.
According to NTSA, the Saccos failed to operate the minimum number of vehicles required per Sacco.
The Authority has called on Kenyans to avoid using the suspended Saccos henceforth for they are no longer “recognized.”
Under the Transport regulations, Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Sacco is supposed to operate a minimum of 30 vehicles.
In a statement on Monday, NTSA notified members of the public that “it has suspended nine Saccos/Companies for failing to comply with the provisions of Section 5(1) of the National Transport and Safety Authority (Operation of PSV) Regulations, 2014, which require a PSV Sacco/Company to operate a minimum of Thirty (30) serviceable motor vehicles.”
Also caught in the mix is the Little Shuttle, run by the online hailing app, Little for failing to adhere to the 30 vehicles per Sacco rule.
The affected Saccos are yet to issue a statement and Kenyans are torn between on whether to board or not to board since almost all the suspended Saccos still have their vehicles on the road.
The Ministry of Transport made it mandatory for all those seeking a Transport Licensing Board (TLB) certification to be members of Matatu Saccos in Kenya or belong to a company.
Currently, Kenya has around 1,000 Matatu Saccos and 400 companies that have been registered.