BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,22ND NOV 2018-It has now emerged that there is a huge shortage of seat belts in stores to adequately serve the entire public transport sector in the country.According to Members of the Matatu Owners Association (MOA) lack of seat belts in the market has forced them to ground their vehicles for fear of being impounded.
Addressing the press on Thursday MOA Chairman Simon Kimutai says that seat belts are in short supply following a high demand from Public Service Vehicle operators who are in the last minute rush to comply with the re-introduced Michuki rules.
“We don’t have seat belts; the ones which were substandard have been bought and they can’t even last a week before buckles are off and nobody has made the initiative of importing quality ones. This has made many vehicles to be parked and so we have a challenge especially when we are not capable of importing them ourselves,” said Kimutai.
Kimutai said 70 per cent of matatus have complied and complained of continued harassment by police officers saying they are not opposed to the regulations but with the manner which the enforcement is being conducted.
“We aren’t against the law, but it’s very clear that there has been lots of harassment of matatu operators which is not acceptable. We want to tell law enforcement officers to enforce the law putting on a human face because we are not thugs; we are doing legitimate business and providing services which facilitates economic growth of this country,” he said.
Speaking earlier in the day interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi reiterated that the government will not relent on ensuring that the traffic regulations are obeyed to the fullest. So far 40,000 traffic offenses have been recorded since the crackdown begun.