Tuk Tuks to blame for traffic jams and crime rate in Mombasa

Tuk Tuks to blame for traffic jams and crime rate in Mombasa

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Tuktuk operators protest against new traffic rules in Mombasa -File Photo

Mombasa business community on Monday called on the government to reign on the Tuk Tuk operators, blaming them on the current increase in crime rate and traffic jam menace in Mombasa.

Led by Mombasa Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) chairperson James Mureu, the businessmen also called for reduction of the number of Tuk tuks in the city’s Central Business Division-CBD  to reduce traffic congestion.

Mombasa Chamber of Commerce Chairman Alex Mureu and other businessmen addressing press in Mombasa.
Mombasa Chamber of Commerce Chairman James  Mureu and other businessmen addressing press in Mombasa.

“Reduce the Tuk tuks because they cause too much jam and allow free flow because crime happens when there is clogged up traffic,” said Mr.James.

However, the Chairperson Tuk-Tuk owners and drivers association in Mombasa Obedi Muruli scoffed at the remarks terming them as lies and radical suggestions, with no direction.

Omar Muruli, TUKTUK owners Association Chairman.
Omar Muruli, TUKTUK owners Association Chairman.

“They have never given us  an alternative to our business, they are just looking after their big businesses, this tuk tuk business no matter how small it is they should respect it!” said Mr. Muruli

Muruli further added that the association through different sponsors, have been able to train some of the tuk-tuk operators in trying to promote discipline in their business.

The calls come few days after Mombasa County Assembly committee recommended that the department of transport drafts legislation for the regulation of the transport industry in the county.

The committee said there should be a follow up on operators who have not registered and those defaulting on monthly payments.

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