By Beth Nyaga
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and traffic police have launched a crackdown on private cars operating as Public Service Vehicles.
The operation held in Kabete early Thursday came barely a month after NTSA warned members of the public against boarding private vehicles to travel to and from Nairobi and other destinations.
Speaking during the operation, NTSA Director General Francis Meja regretted that cases of road fatalities among private motorists were on the rise.
In October, the transport body expressed concerns over the rising number of fatal accidents caused by private vehicles, saying there had been a 5 per cent increase in 2015 compared to 2014.
NTSA attributed the increase in number of accidents to human error, speeding, overtaking, drunk driving and the use of undesignated areas to drop passengers.
Figures released by the transport body show 3,037 people died as of December 29th 2015 compared to 2,886 deaths in the same period last year.
Pedestrians accounted for 1,338 of the total deaths followed by passengers at 658 while the number of motorcycle operators who died in road accidents was 434.
A similar crackdown took place in Naivasha where tens of stranded passengers complained of being inconvenienced.
NTSA Deputy Director Margaret Kabochi has expressed concern over the increase in the number of fatalities saying there is need for sensitisation of motorcycle operators on road safety.