Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has warned that the government will revoke licences of Public Service Vehicles (PSVs), which continue to keep off the roads in protest of the reinforcement of Michuki traffic rules.
“Do you know when you are licensed, you are not licensed to blackmail people. You are licenced to do a business and if you are doing so on the basis of blackmail, then you cannot continue doing that; then it is time to relook at all those licences all over again,” he said.
Matiang’i has further maintained that the government is not backing down on the rules and the matatu crackdown, which officially kicked off today, will carry on.
The CS was responding to the public transport crisis that ensued on Monday morning after matatus staged a boycott in protest of the Michuki rules, leaving scores of commuters stranded while the few that had complied with the rules resulted to charge double the amount of fares.
2,000 ARRESTED FOR FLOUTING MICHUKI RULES
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has revealed that 2000 people have on Monday been arrested for flouting the traffic regulations. Passengers are among those arrested alongside drivers and conductors.
Boinnet said several roadblocks in strategic places on roads countrywide in measures aimed at impounding vehicles that operate without complying with the set rules.
“This is just a test of things to come after the launch of major operation on Friday. We shall no longer joke with road safety,” said Boinett.
The re-enforcement of Michuki rules is the latest effort by the government to control the increasing road carnage on our roads.