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NTSA to meet Embassava sacco officials over ban

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has scheduled a meeting with officials of the suspended Embassava Sacco to discuss modalities of lifting the ban.

The meeting to be held Tuesday at NTSA’s head offices at Upper Hill Plaza will be a welcome relief to commuters plying the Eastlands route, who have suffered transport hitches as a result of the suspension of the Embassava Sacco buses.

The authority last Wednesday suspended operations of the Sacco indefinitely until their vehicles meet certain conditions.

CONDITIONS

NTSA Director General Francis Meja said the operators will only be allowed back on the road after fulfilling conditions set by the authority.

The Sacco was suspended over a road crash that involved an Embassava bus and another public service vehicle belonging to Forward Travellers Sacco.

According Mr Meja, the Embassava bus driver was to blame for the road crash after failing to obey traffic lights at the junction of Jogoo Road and Rabai Road.

The driver of the Forward Sacco vehicle died and 21 passengers were injured in the June 18 incident.

TRANSPORT CRISIS

The ban created a transport crisis for commuters from most parts of Nairobi’s Eastlands given that the sacco has one of the biggest fleet of commuter vehicles.

The Matatu Welfare Association protested the suspension and claimed that the collective punishment is an abuse of their rights.

SOURCE: Daily Nation