14 Seater matatus’ 2019 licenses stopped by NTSA

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Several 14 seater matatu investors will be counting losses this year after the National Transport  and Safety Authority (NTSA) stopped the 14 seater matatu licensing.

Only 24 out of nearly 200 14-seater matatu saccos that last month obtained temporary court orders stopping the regulator from denying them licenses have had their operating permits renewed.

The Association of Matatu Operators that represents 195 saccos has moved to court accusing NTSA of declining to license their members on grounds that they are not part of the suit and therefore cannot enjoy the High Court order.

Legal Notice 179 of December 31, 2014 that stopped licensing of 14-seater matatus came into effect on January 1.

The 1st respondent (NTSA) has discriminated against members of the applicant association in processing of road service licenses and barred them from renewing road service PSV license, alleging they were not party to petition 440 of 2018,” read part of the petition

The High Court has asked the association to serve NTSA and return to court for further directions on January 11.

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