Modern Coast bus operating licence suspended

Scene of accident where two Modern Coast buses collided./COURTESY

The government has suspended the operating licence of Modern coast buses following a fatal crash in Salama along Mombasa-Nairobi highway .

National Transport and Safety Authority(NTSA) director general George Njao said the authority has been monitoring the firm’s operations following reports of several near fatal crashes.

“Following the early Thursday morning crash involving two of their buses, the Authority has with immediate effect suspended the Company’s operator’s licence and initiated a thorough investigation into its safety standards and operations. The Company’s access to the NTSA portal has been deactivated to limit any activities on their 88 vehicles, as the investigation continues,” read a statement from NTSA.

“The National Police has also been advised to impound any of their vehicles from operating contrary to this suspension,” the statement continues to read.

This comes as the number of dead rises to seven after two more people succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment.

By Thursday morning, five people had been confirmed dead and 62 others injured after the two Modern Coast buses collided at Kiongwani area near Salama market along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.

One of the buses was coming from Malaba while the other was heading to Nairobi from Mombasa.

Makueni Police Commander Joseph Napeiyan said the Thursday morning accident occurred at around 2am.