Matatu operators will resume full board carriage from Monday next week after the government revised the 60 per cent rule.
This is after the Ministry of Transport and transport operators signed a memorandum of understanding on self-regulation mechanism to ensure operators comply with protocols.
Transport Chief Administrative Secretary Chris Obure said though Covid-19 cases are rising, there was a need to stop business loss in the transport sector.
“We will allow full capacity from Monday next week and any Sacco which will be found violating the protocol will have its license revoked,” he said.
However, matatu operators will begin to strictly enforce other protocols, such as ensuring passengers wear masks properly.
He directed that all passengers must be screened for fever before they board and anyone coughing or with a temperature above 37.5 degrees will not be allowed on board.
“Vehicles must also have windows open throughout the journey to allow proper air circulation,” he said.
The PSV saccos and companies have also been advised to encourage cashless payment system that will support contact tracing to enable medical officials to track passengers in the event Covid-19 case is established.
Chairman of the Association of Bus Operators Edwin Mukabanah said they have lost Sh30 billion since the measures were introduced.
He asked matatu operators to reduce fare, however, they should also consider the high price of fuel.
All public vehicles were ordered to implement 30 per cent to 60 per cent sitting capacity until the Covid-19 is fully contained by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
Those operating 14-seater matatus would carry eight commuters while a 25-seater would transport 15 individuals.
However, matatus had stopped observing the 60 per cent rule.
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