In Summary
  • The ministry seeks to amend Section 119 (1) of the Traffic Act by introducing a new sub-section that will allow the Cabinet Secretary to prescribe the regulation of PSV fare tariffs.
  • He said the government is aware of exploitation of the public by the transport sector and the amendments are meant to protect commuters.

The Transport ministry has taken action in a bid to protect the public against exploitation by Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).

The ministry has drafted amendments to the Traffic Act and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Act seeking to control fares charged by PSVs across the country.

Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, in a presentation to the National Assembly's Transport and Housing committee, on Tuesday said the action is aimed at cushioning the public against being overcharged.

Mr Macharia, who was represented by Chief Administrative Secretary Chris Obure, said the proposals are at an advanced stage with the legal department in the ministry and will soon be presented to the Cabinet for adoption before being presented to Parliament.

REGULATE

The ministry seeks to amend Section 119 (1) of the Traffic Act by introducing a new sub-section that will allow the Cabinet Secretary to prescribe the regulation of PSV fare tariffs.

Once the amendment has been effected, the Cabinet Secretary will have a legal mandate to determine the formulae for establishing the tariff, review mechanism of the tariff and penalty for non-compliance.

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