Michuki rules: Hundreds of commuters stranded following matatu strike
On Monday morning, hundreds of commuters in Nairobi were left stranded due to the ongoing strike by some Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) operators protesting the reintroduction of ‘Michuki’ traffic rules.
Commuters in Nairobi’s Eastlands area were the most affected by the strike which began on Sunday.
City residents using the Jogoo Road-City Centre route were the most affected with some opting for bodabodas or walking as an alternative mode of transport.
The few matatus plying the route charged exorbitant fares, with a distance previously being charged at Sh60 now costing around Sh150.
The reintroduction of ‘Michuki’ traffic rules aims at reining in the transport industry following a spat of tragic road accidents.
On October 25, the government released a statement on the rules’ reintroduction, stating that “Effective Monday, 12th November 2018, any PSV vehicle, drivers, SACCOs/Transport companies, passengers and other relevant parties that fail to comply with the provisions of the NTSA Act and the Traffic Act will be firmly dealt with in accordance with the law.
According to the rules, all PSVs must have a yellow continuous line, speed governors and seat belts. The driver and conductor on the other hand are required to prominently display their photos and wear uniforms and PSV badges as prescribed by the law.
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