The Government has authorized the Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) to carry passengers to capacity.
The Ministry of Transport and the Matatu Sacco held a meeting where they signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) permitting the PSVs to regulate themselves.
In a statement issued on Friday, August 6, 2021, the Ministry of Transport through the Cabinet Administrative Secretary (CAS) Chris Obure stated that PSVs will resume to carry passengers in full capacity effective Monday, August 9 2021.
Matatu operators revealed that they had lost Ksh. 31 billion since March 2020, when the government issued new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country through public means of transport.
This comes after the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe had issued guidelines that aimed at reducing congestion in public service vehicles.
The CS announced that 14-seater matatus would carry a maximum of eight passengers; 25 seater vehicles a maximum of 15 passengers, 30 seater vehicles and above to maintain a sixty per cent maximum sitting capacity.
He added that the guidelines issued would similarly extend to the Standard Guage Railway (SGR) and commuter trains plying through the country every single day.
Kagwe defended the Government directive saying that the decision was to create personal space between passengers.
“When this happens, it is expected that people will adhere to the directions of the PSV operators. In other words, there is no point in having eight people and then two people are sitting close together and leaving the other seats open,” Kagwe stated.
However, the operators complained over some of the safety measures and appealed to the government to review the capacity directives imposed on PSVs.
Matatu Owners Association (MOA) of Kenya boss Simon Kimutai had issued three demands for lowering fares after president Uhuru imposed the travel ban on the five counties.