Transport crisis looms over cashless fare system

By Simon Achola

The new regulations are among a raft of measures that transport cabinet secretary Eng Michael Kamau

Barely 48 hours before the cashless  fare payment  under the national transport and safety regulations comes into effect, the matatu welfare association is questioning the efficacy of the new system. 

The cashless system is currently being piloted by a selection of Sacco’s ahead of the anticipated roll out in Nairobi on Tuesday.

The new regulations are among a raft of measures that transport cabinet secretary Eng Michael Kamau  has put in place to ensure the Matatu sector is sanitized.

Other regulations include fitting public service vehicles with certified speed governors to limit the speed at 80 kilometers per hour and regulation the time drivers can last on the road before resting.

The matatu welfare association wants the regulator to ensure the system is tamper proof and working effectively before it is rolled out.

The association says unscrupulous police officers might take advantage of the new concept to solicit for money from Matatus and buses that would not have complied with the new laws.

Commuters are happy with the new regulations while are others have expressed fears that  matatu conductors may flatly refuse to adjust to the new  rules which  basically lock them out of holding  hard cash.

Currently, a select Sacco’s across Nairobi are piloting the project before it is fully rolled out.