By Jude Titus
The Nairobi County Government has cancelled all Public Service Vehicles [PSVs] parking licenses in the Central Business District following unending calls from traders and the entire business fraternity. The frustrations from the business community come as a result of unruliness displayed by the PSVs.
Businessmen and women had protested earlier and threatened to stop paying land dues claiming that the unruliness hurts their businesses severely. The PSVs are said to block business entrances causing commotion and pollution which are not favourable for businesses to thrive.
Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero said that the rogue matatus have been breaching the law as they park anywhere creating an unconducive environment in the Capital City.
‘‘I fully support the traders not to pay taxes as the matatu operators have become undisciplined and I will first deal with the menace by removing them from the CBD,’’ indicated Kidero.
‘‘There is complete indiscipline in the way the matatus are being managed in the city and we have cancelled all the parking permits with immediate effect and we will be redoing the licensing process afresh,’’ the Governor added.
Kidero was speaking during the swearing in ceremony of the new County Executive member for Environment, Water and Natural Resources Mr. Peter Maranga as well as Mr. Peter Kimori, member for the Environment, Water, Sanitation and Energy.
This is not the first time Kidero and his team has revoked PSV licenses in Nairobi. In March last year, the County Government suspended the licensing of all PSVs in Nairobi until there was a review of all routes and demand established to justify additional licenses.
The then Transport Cabinet Secretary Engineer Michael Kamau and the Nairobi Governor indicated that such a move was taken to ease traffic which is usually caused by many vehicles entering the city. Kidero also promised to review all PSV termini and bus stops to redesign routes to avoid their termination in the CBD.
Nairobi, Kenya’s capital is best known for traffic and congestion, mainly in the morning and evening hours which are the peak hours. At some point a report in 2013 classified Nairobi as the second worst city to live and drive in all over the globe after Tehran the capital of Iran.
The report was based on factors such as population density, green space, pollution and the transportation access.
Traffic jams in Kenya are estimated to cost Nairobi County around Sh50million everyday and if such traffic situation is not taken care of, the future scenario might be worse.