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Through the designated and organized drop points, order has been restored. Now it is a requirement that matatu do terminate at the authorized terminus. This positive step can only mean that now the private motorists will have an upper choice to prefer using the public transport. This is as Nairobians wait for further reforms which will include decent world class buses, carpooling, park and ride facilities, dedicated lanes, trained formal crew amongst others. On the other hand Ministry of Transport -NAMATA should address urgently insecurities along the routes leading to the terminus, poor lighting, provide safe paved walkways, litter bins to mention but a few. With larger open streets free of private cars, special CBD shuttle bus service can be introduced to make use of dedicated high-occupancy bus systems to serve roads not covered under the gazette notice. Taxi cabs, on the other hand, will be able to do a circuit across the Central Business District.


National Transport and Safety Authority as a Challenge

The transport authority has in the past taken carpooling as a traffic offence resulting to transport challenge.
Companies,  work colleagues and independent motorists should be allowed make use of their vehicles to get to and from work using one vehicle in effect minimizing one person one car system. This is provided that the above is subjected to all requirements including insurance, road safety features and code conduct. Urgently the authority do a public participation exercise to sensitize the need to upgrade transport systems devoid of harassment and extortion by its personnel.  

 

Private Transport Question

Many private car owners prefer bringing their cars into the CBD since matatus do not meet the criteria of decent public transport. From deafening loud music, sanitation, lack of ventilation, dangerous driving, crew lack of customer care and road bullying; this mess is what makes many prefer driving to work. In Nairobi, you will find that the few routes with decent matatus undertakings have less private cars in the morning and evenings. Furthermore, matatus (due to their nature) are not allowed on many roads within the city which makes moving around difficult. Private motorists park in public and private parking creating minimal difficulty if any at all. Peak hours which have heavy traffic are relatively short time frames meaning that during off-peak hours the movement is smooth except for the roads mentioned above which are no-go zones for private cars since they are blocked by buses picking the few daytime passengers in their numbers.  The government has provided pick and drop facilities a step in the right direction taken by other cities such as, Dar es Salaam, Dakar, Addis Ababa and Johannesburg city and Cape Town are a step ahead of Kenya.
Building Multi-Storey parking would also cater for reduced parking space on-the-street converting such into dedicated bus lanes for a world standard (not matatus) commuter systems. Public-Private Partnerships can join forces to erect such parking facilities such as the existing parking found in Transnational Plaza, NSSF Building et al.

As an organization, we embrace the changes which are long overdue. 


Our Contacts

Motorists Association of Kenya

P.O BOX 8120-00200

Tel: 0723 779950

Email: info@motoristassociationofkenya.com

Web: www.motoristassociationofkenya.com

 

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