Reprieve for Matatu drivers as court overrules NTSA order.
Reprieve for Matatu drivers as court reverses the National transport and safety authority ( NTSA) order, which indicated that every matatu operator ,should have a certificate of good conduct.
The Board CEO, Andrew Kimani on Thursday, November 10, stated that the ruling was issued after complaints were raised by the public.
TLAB, a Tribunal under the Judiciary, is stipulated under sections 38 and 39 of the 2012 NTSA Act to hear and determine appeals against NTSA’s licensing decisions.
The tribunal stated,”The Tribunal has received numerous cases involving members of the public requiring Public Service Vehicles Licenses that need police clearance certificare as a requirement from NTSA before being issued.”
“The Tribunal recently made a Ruling as per the cases filed and declared that there is NO Legal basis to subject Matatu operators a conditionality of a Police Clearance Certificate (Formerly Good Conduct) for them to acquire PSV licenses (badge) or any other form of a license issued by NTSA,” it added.
According to the matatu owners association chairman, this move will help curb corruption.
MOA,” I agree with the Tribunal that this is a move which will aid matatu operators to effectively conduct business. Some of these practices, if not taken care of, encourage corruption. In some cases, you need 10 licenses for one to transact and this hinders businesses.”
“It’s something that they should look at, all issues of licenses. Businesses are suffering. Getting a license requires qualifications.”
“If someone is adding another license it becomes an issue They delay and police are waiting to see if you have a license and if not, you face the law,” MOA chairman added.