Saccos plying wrong routes to blame for road accidents - drivers
6 months ago, 3 Jan 23:53
Matatu saccos are to blame for the rampant road accidents that left many dead during the festive season, PSV drivers in Migori said on Wednesday. Jack Otieno, who plies the Migori-Kisii route, told the Star that saccos which let their vehicles ply routes they are not registered is a major cause. He cited the case where a Githurai 45 bus killed three people on December 25 in Kericho. It emerged the vehicle was not cleared by NTSA to operate on the route. "The other headache and cause of stress to drivers are vehicle owners who want more money during the festive season," Otieno added. Solomon Oyoo, who operates on the Migori-Kisumu route, said the transport regulator should compel vehicle owners to employ two drivers even for short distance trips. "I start driving this vehicle at 2am until 10pm when we take the day's returns. I never get time to sleep or meet my family. Isn't it tiring?" he asked. "This is not the way to build the economy and create jobs. A government which wants a 24-hour economy needs better policies and not ad hoc decisions," Lucas Otieno, who works on the Migori-Isibania route, said. They spoke to the Star in Migori. The lot also faulted the National Transport and Safety Authority's (NTSA) ban on night travel will not reduce the crashes. Media reports have showed that nearly 200 people died in separate accidents in December as hordes of people rushed to their rural homes for Christmas. NTSA banned night travel after a passenger bus collided with a trailer at Migaa trading centre, few kilometres from Salgaa, killing 36 people. The move has caused a crisis in the sector. Images of students scrambling for the few expensive seats in PSVs have been commonplace since Tuesday. The transport safety authority has introduced a new curriculum for training drivers in a bid to curb the rampant accidents that have also left many maimed.
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