PSVs protest Covid-19 certification crackdown

By Obegi Malack

@obegimalack

Police have started crackdown to ensure that Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) comply with travel health directives in bid to fight the spread of Covid-19.

In Kajiado County and Nairobi County matatus that had not complied with the Covid-19 rules were not allowed to operate, they are supposed to have a certification document from the Ministry of Health.

Passengers were left stranded in Ongata Rongai, Ngong,Kiserian and other centres.

PSV operators who spoke with County Press protested the move. They said is expensive to get the certification, they said they were not involved in coming up with the rules.

“We do not know what we are supposed to have, the Saccos have not communicated to us, we were just told by police to have documents,” a driver John Njenga said. He said that they were not served with notices.

Some of the drivers had tried to block Magadi Road but police acted on time dispersing them with teargas.

Kajiado North sub county deputy county commissioner Tom Anjera said the PSV operators should acquire a certification document from the Ministry of Health.

The DCC and other government officials had held a meeting with the PSVs operators two weeks ago in Ngong town and demanded the operators to comply with the directives.

Ongata Rongai Matatu Owners chairperson Lucy Wachuka said the rules are for long distance vehicles and cannot be applied in town service.

Wachuka who is also a nominated MCA said rules such as getting contacts of passengers, hand washing water points among others are difficult to implement for town service vehicles

“We were not called for a meeting and the meeting organized in Ngong we do not know those who attended since Saccos chairpersons were not informed,” she said. They will comply with some regulations if they are involved and given time.

The PSVs requirement include; thermo guns ,surgical masks, sanitizer , hand washing facilities  in terminals, physical distancing clearly marked ,openable windows in matatus and offices, incident register, passenger manifest, number of seats available displayed, emergency contact displayed, daily disinfection log on board, driver’s contact adress permanently displayed, disinfection of luggage, baggage areas and operators are also required to provide guidance to  passengers regarding application of the preventive measures in the vehicle.

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