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NTSA to seize private vehicles operating as PSVs

The National Transport and Safety Agency (NTSA) has put on notice owners of private vehicles operating as Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).

The agency says it would arrest such drivers and impound the vehicle altogether.

NTSA Director of Road Safety Ms Njeri Waithaka said they have impounded a number of personal vehicles operating as PSVs since the festive period started.

Hotspots of such offenders include Nairobi city centre on Accra road, Mombasa, Embu, Nakuru, and Kisumu.

“This is a phenomenon that has been ongoing for a while but we are working very closely with the police to identify and impound the vehicles and you will notice that the numbers have drastically reduced,” said Ms Waithaka on Friday.

She was speaking during a crackdown on PSVs mounted at Kabete Police Station by the NTSA and the National Police Service.

The NTSA director warned passengers to stay away from the private vehicles saying that they are neither registered nor licensed to operate as PSVs and have no proper insurance cover to compensate a passenger in case of an accident.

“We are appealing to the commuters to please avoid getting into the vehicles as they do not have proper insurance to operate as PSVs and in the event of an accident you will not be compensated. The driver is also not licensed to be a PSV driver, the vehicle probably has no speed governor and so it is extremely unsafe for one to use such vehicles,” she said.