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CS Macharia announces plan to fix matatu fares

Adonijah Nziwa
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Transport CS James Macharia addressing the media. [Source/Ken Obura/twitter]

 The transport ministry has finally addressed the plight of passengers over fluctuation of fares. 

Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has revealed a plan to ensure that the members of the general public are protected from Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) who keep adjusting fares because of different reasons.  

On Tuesday, Chief Administrative Secretary Chris Obure, who was appearing before the National Assembly's Transport and Housing committee on behalf of Macharia, said that he has drafted some amendments to ensure the public is protected. 

The amendment of the Traffic Act and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Act will control the fares charged by all vehicles for smooth operations within the sector.

Macharia said that they are consulting various stakeholders in the transport sector to ensure the members of the general public are not affected by the unexpected changes in the fare.

“The amendments will ensure effective regulation of fare tariffs by the authority,” Obure told MPs, as quoted by Daily Nation.

In the recent past, users of public vehicles have been left stranded on several occasions because of the fluctuation of fares. 

They have been urging the ministry to ensure an action if taken against owners of vehicles taking advantage of their positions to frustrate travellers.

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