Traffic commandant orders crackdown of Probox PSV’s in Kilifi

Passengers sitting in a Probox vehicle in Migori town PHOTO COURTESY

Kilifi,KENYA:Traffic commandant Samuel Kimaru has ordered a crackdown on all probox vehicles turned passenger service vehicles in Kilifi County.

Speaking at the Kilifi Social services on Thursday, Kimaru ordered police to take charge and arrest all Probox vehicles involved in the illegal business with their owners.

He had attended a sensitization meeting on issues of traffic and road accidents which involved the public and motor vehicle users and owners .

Kimaru lamented  that the new transport means has caused many deaths in road accidents in the country something that cannot be adhered to anyway.

“The issue of Probox vehicles changed to PSV has been a very big problem of late,” Kimaru said.

“You can see they carry people like sacks of charcoal in the boots thus being vulnerable to road accidents. Can you imagine from January up to date the country has lost 1,300 people on road accidents! This is something which is not a joke and I have ordered my officers to take action now?” he added.

In 2015, the NTSA announced that Toyota Probox and Wish vehicles had not been licensed to ferry passengers hence they were doing so illegally.

However the vehicles  which have low fuel consumption  have over the years gained popularity  as a means to  ferry passengers in different rural towns.