Public Transport In Nairobi’s CBD Paralysed

The vehicles including matatus and taxis operating within the Central Business District are protesting over 'high parking fees'

Following the strike, transport has been paralyzed after taxis and other vehicles were used by striking operators to block the roads.

The chairman of Matatu Owners Association Simon Kimutai has said that the PSVs will not relent until the parking fees are reduced

The PSVs are unhappy over the newly introduced parking fees,

Smaller vehicles such as taxis are supposed to pay Ksh 300 as parking fees.

PSV operators are currently holed up in a meeting with County government officials in a bid to end the lock down.

The Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has ordered the police to impound all the vehicles that are blocking the road.

In a statement through his twitter handle, Kimaiyo ordered the police to further remove all the number plates of the said vehicles and hand them over to the ministry of transport.

“The motorist grievances can be heard without blocking or obstructing the road to other road users, this heinous act will not be tolerated,” Kimaiyo said.

The IGP also directed that owners and drivers of vehicles that have blocked the roads and causing obstruction to be arrested and charged in court.

Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero has insisted that he will not engage the protesting PSV operators until they clear the city roads.

By Beth Nyaga

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