Matatu Owners Association(MOA) Chairman Simon Kimutai stated that the government ought to increase taxation for private vehicles entering the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) as a solution to decongestion.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on Monday, January 30, Kimutai noted that the Public Service Vehicles are charged a higher operational and parking fee, despite not having enough parking spaces.
MOA appealed to Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja to engage stakeholders before making any move to come up with viable solutions that would not interfere with public transport in Nairobi.
A collage of Johnson Sakaja addressing a meeting in Nairobi in November 2022 (left) and Matatus withing the CBD (right).
“Matatu operators pay over Ksh500 for parking charges yet there is not enough parking space in the CBD. Private vehicles pay only Ksh200 for parking for the whole day.
“They should increase those charges for private vehicles if they want to reduce traffic snarl-up,” Kimutai explained.
Patricia Mutheu, the Chief Executive Officer of the association added that the move to relocate matatus from the CBD out to be halted, demanding a documented case study that proved the claim that matatus caused congestion in the city.
“No one has ever studied how many private vehicles get into the city daily. We are not the contributors to congestion in the CBD.
“The county government should reconsider increasing taxes for private vehicles because it will discourage them from getting…
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