Night travel ban to be lifted in a fortnight

The government is set to lift the ban on night travel by Public Service Vehicles in two weeks’ time.

According to Transport Principal Secretary Paul Mwangi, talks have been on going with stakeholders and that the ban will be lifted selectively.

While appearing before the committee of the National Assembly on transport the PS clarified that night travel is not illegal.

The PS was accompanied by National Transport and Safety Authority NTSA, and traffic commandant Jacinta Kinyua as they responded to concerns about Salgaa road accidents.

The parliamentary committee led by Pokot South MP David Pkosing further grilled the NTSA, traffic, ministry of roads and transport officials over road carnage.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) banned long-distance night travel after increased road carnage towards the end of last year as Kenyans marked the festive season.

Since the passing of the directive on 31st December 2017, public service stakeholders have been calling on the government to lift the ban on long distance public service vehicles and instead redirect energies to enforcement of traffic rules.

The National Road Safety Association and a section of long distance PSV operators say implementation of the ban was a rash decision that will have a lasting negative effect on the economy.

The public transport companies have lamented that  the night travel ban is hurting the economy.

  

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