Public transport operators to resume carrying full capacity from Monday 9th to cushion sector from massive losses, government advises commuters to observe Covid-19 guidelines.
In Kisumu ,several matatu owners and staffs have expressed their joy welcoming the new directive from the Ministry of Transport stating that it will act as a relief to them.
Blue mark sacco Secretary Geoffrey Givu told Ghetto Radio News that matatu sector has been adversely hit by Covid-19 protocols.
Currently, a 14 seater matatu carries 11 passengers, 33-seater allowed to carries 18 passengers only.
“Coronavirus has affected us seriously, I can also say categorically that the government did not consider our sector while planning .We were first advised to carry capacity 7people without considering fuel plus other expenses. It really sadden that fuel prices are also high. We were also forced to have covid-19 certificate without considering the passengers I’m carrying,” Geoffrey said.
They added said that these rules were set without considering fuel prices which has only made them to encounter huge losses.
Geoffrey said that they will continue implementing strict measures to build confidence that can allow full capacity while the same time ensuring continued protection of passengers against the spread of the virus.
” We will follow the laid down Covid-19 protocols by ensuring each passenger is masked and all guideline followed,Geoffrey added.
Town service Saccos on the other side said that many drivers have lost their jobs as the amount being collected is not enough to cater for all sector needs.
The Saccos further cried to the government to fight corruption amongst Traffic police officer.
” These people usually demand pay from us. They pretends to be enforcing Covid protocols but just collecting money,” James said.