By Judith Gicobi
The Nairobi Expressway’s operator, Moja Expressway, provided an explanation for why certain matatus continued to use the elevated route despite a temporary prohibition imposed by the Ministry of Transportation.
The Moja Expressway Head of Public Relations explained that the prohibition was indefinite and dependent on how quickly the matatu saccos would follow the instruction in an exclusive interview with local media on Monday, July 18.
All saccos were instructed to request clearance certificates from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) demonstrating that each of their vehicles is roadworthy as soon as the news was made.
Folloing the announcement, all saccos were instructed to request clearance certificates from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) demonstrating that each of their vehicles is roadworthy.
The official stated that the matatu drivers seen on the elevated expressway had already been given the all-clear to start operations.
“They have to pass the inspection because if there is damage along the Expressway, it is the sacco that is going to pay for it. Every sacco was tasked with the duty to ensure that all the vehicles are roadworthy and they pass the inspection by NTSA and once they have the certificate, they are free to use the expressway,” the representative noted.
She went on to say that those who were given the go-ahead to operate needed to be certified and branded with the names of their respective saccos. Following that, the Ministry of Transport consults with the Expressway management to determine which ones have been cleared.
Following an accident at the Mlolongo exit on July 7, the Ministry of Transportation imposed a temporary restriction of all matatus on the expressway.