Things might just change for the better in the public transport industry as talks are underway with the National Youth Service (NYS) to train and certify matatu operators on discipline and safety. The move is aimed at “taming matatu operators who mistreat passengers” as well as improve road safety records in the country.

The initiative will see fully trained operators  issued with certificates while those who contravene ethical regulations be retrained at their own cost before being allowed back.

While launching the third National Delegates Council Meeting and the PSV expo at KICC, Matatu Owners Association (MOA) chairman Simon Kimutai told journalists that the association has initiated talks with NYS and would give a definite way forward after conclusions and recommendations are made.

“The matatu sector has attracted a lot of rogue, corrupt characters and when these talks with NYS are concluded, we hope that discipline and sanity will be brought back to the industry.The conference this time will be beneficial as we are focused on changing tack and dropping blame games,” he said.

Hopefully this move will usher in some sanity on the Kenyan roads.

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