PSVs cashless payment system deadline extended

By Lusanji Begisen

A select Sacco’s across Nairobi are piloting the project before it is fully rolled out

The Government has extended the deadline for Matatu operators to comply with the cashless payment system.

Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau says the deadline has been put on hold until all concerned stakeholders put the right mechanisms in place.

The system was set to start operating on July 1 in Nairobi but experienced hiccups as many PSVs had not complied.

Many passengers are also yet to acquire the electronic cards required for payment.

The extension will also allow time for the banks to put final touches to the system.

Kamau also confirmed that no Public Service Vehicle operator will be arrested for not complying with the rules.

The cashless system is among a raft of measures that transport cabinet secretary 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 regulating the time drivers can take 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.