Matatu strike leaves commuters stranded

Written By Michael Maunda on Monday, December 3, 2012 | 9:07 PM

Commuters on various routes have been left stranded as some matatu operators continue to protest the new traffic rules. Fares have been hiked for those few matatus still in operation.

Some of the affected routes include Langata where commuters are paying  Sh100 up from Sh70 to town. In Kikuyu the price has risen from Sh60 to Sh220, and Zimmerman Sh150 up from Sh70.

Meanwhile, according to reports from the Kenya Red Cross, protesters on some routes have already turned riotous with a gang from Kawangware forcefully removing passengers from public service vehicles enroute from Lavington and Kilimani.

Protesters had also reportedly blocked the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. The new traffic rules that came into effect on December 1 carry stiffer penalties for violators.

Under the new laws, all police officers – not just traffic police – can deal with traffic cases. PSV and commercial drivers will be required to undergo physical fitness, eye and hearing tests every three years before their driving licenses are renewed.

Drivers who endanger the lives of passengers will be jailed for two years or fined Sh30,000. Drunk drivers will face a jail term of two years or a fine of Sh100,000. Drivers caught overlapping may be jailed for three months or fined Sh30,000.

Source: The Star