Tens of passengers were left stranded for hours following a major crackdown targeting un-roadworthy vehicles along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
During the crackdown near Naivasha town over 40 vehicles mainly matatus and buses were detained by traffic and NTSA officers for various traffic offences.
Following the crackdown, some PSV operators decided to change their route further inconveniencing tens of passengers heading upcountry for the festive season.
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Hawkers took advantage of the situation to sell their wares even as the highway recorded an increase in traffic.
According to Rift Valley Traffic enforcement officer Rashid Ali, the crackdown was meant to make sure that vehicles on the road were safe for use.
Addressing the press, Ali noted that they had impounded over 40 vehicles with ten of them been defective and not fir to transport passengers.
“This is part of the ongoing campaign to make sure that our roads are safe and we shall extend it to other parts of our roads,” he said.
The senior officer added that some of those drivers arrested had tampered with the speed governors while others were operating away from their routes.
“We haven’t recorded any case of excess passengers and despite the complaints from the passengers this crackdown will continue,” he said.
Ali added that all the arrested drivers would be bonded to appear in court on the 27th of December while the passengers would be allowed to continue with their journey.
However the passengers complained bitterly about the slow manner of inspecting their vehicles adding that more officers should have been sent on the road.
One of the passengers Eric Mutua who was headed to Kericho from Nairobi said that he had been stranded on the area for over two hours.
He questioned the timing of the crackdown noting that it should have been planned earlier as it had ended up messing their travel arrangements.
The sentiments were echoed by another passenger Wesley Abuga who noted that some sick and the young ones had been hardest hit by the crackdown.
“Some matatus have not been inspected and this whole exercise has ended up leaving us in the bushes as we seek alternative means of travel,” he said.