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Police suspend crackdown on non compliant matatus

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The National Police Service (NPS) has suspended a nationwide crackdown on non-compliant Public Service Vehicles (PSV) after some matatu owners called for a strike that was to commence on March 16.

The crackdown was called off following a meeting between the National Police Service, National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and the Federation for Public Transport Sector (FPTS) on Wednesday who consented to suspend the strike.

“It is agreed that the ongoing multi-agency crackdown on non-compliant public transport vehicles has been suspended,” read the statement.

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In the meeting, it was also agreed that the federation of public transport will be represented in future multi-agency operations.

“The public transport sector forms an integral part in the socio-economic development of our country by easing business and the movement of people and goods,” the statement read in part.

The crackdown by NTSA was meant to weed out traffic violators in a bid to contain the increased number of road accidents experienced in many parts of the country.

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