To operate PSV vehicles, the operators require certification from ministry of Health in consultation with the transport ministry.
Transport CS James Macharia has called on Kenyans using public transport to adhere strictly to the Ministry of Health protocols.
This is even as the Covid-19 cases have risen in the country.
In a statement on Saturday, Macharia said the protocols in the transport sector remain in force and should be applied strictly.
“We also are calling on all public transporters providers to undertake measures that are required,” he said.
“…such as fumigation and implementation of sitting as per allowed capacity.”
CS Macharia said while all law enforcement agents that have a role to play in overseeing implementation of the protocols, the desired results will only be achieved if all stakeholders cooperate and play their individual and corporate roles strictly.
Covid-19 pandemic has changed the normal way of life.
Social distancing in Public Service Vehicle has also been in place since March 2020 has seen vehicles operate on half capacity.
Industry insiders have put the monthly losses at an estimated at Sh15 billion.
This is on the more than 60,000 matatus and buses operating countrywide on a normal day, each raking in an average Sh15,000, according to the Matatu Owners Association(MOA).
Since March last year, 14-seater vehicles have been carrying eight people while 25-seater vehicles have been restricted to 14 passengers.
Those with a capacity of 30 persons are allowed to utilise 60 per cent of their space.
The industry players have questioned the rationale behind the government’s green light to the Standard Gauge Railway(SGR) and airlines to carry full capacity, while matatus are restricted to half capacity.
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