Matatus will no longer enter the Nairobi city centre starting Monday as City Hall moves to effect a ban aimed at decongesting the capital.
The county government says it has established 11 termini while declaring null and void all others that had been previously allocated despite concerns that the new points lack enough capacity.
Starting December 3, all matatus from Uhuru Highway, Waiyaki Way, Kiambu, Thika Road, Kipande Road and Limuru Road will pick and drop passengers at Fig Tree in Ngara while all high capacity buses from upcountry will be stationed at Machakos County bus next to Muthurwa market.
PSVs plying Mombasa Road and Lang’ata Road will now drop and pick passengers at Hakati terminus while those from Joggo Road will now terminate at Muthurwa. All matatus plying Ngong Road will now be expected to stop at Railways.
The latest push by City Hall comes despite past failed attempts at effecting the ban, with transport operators saying the new points outside the city centre lacked enough space for their vehicles and basic amenities like toilets and lighting.
Matatu Welfare Association (MWA) chairman Simon Mbugua said the new stages lack capacity to hold close to 16,000 public service vehicles travelling to the city.
The PSV directive also comes just a day after Governor Mike Sonko promised that his administration would reduce parking fees for private motorists from the current Sh300 down to Sh200 starting December.