Passengers in limbo as NTSA denies lifting suspension on Modern Coast

Passengers at the bus station in Mwembe Tayari, Mombasa./ Passengers have been thrown in limbo after the NTSA denied lifting a suspension on Modern Coast Limited. PHOTO: FILE

Thousands of passengers have again been left stranded after the National Transport and safety Authority(NTSA) denied lifting a suspension on embattled bus company Modern Coast limited.

The company had announced on Tuesday morning that a suspension against its buses had been lifted just a week after its bus licence was suspended over dangerous driving that claimed seven lives last week.

“This is to notify members of the public that the suspension of modern coast express has not been lifted” The authority said in a statement.

However, in a statement shared on Tuesday, the bus company defended itself saying that they had received a communique from NTSA indicating that 43 of their 74 buses had passed an inspection by the authority and the buses licence were cleared to resume operations.

The statement further indicated that all their drivers had gone through refresher courses.

The recent communiqué has left thousands of passengers who had turned up to the bus company offices to travel stranded.

“  I was relieved that the ban was lifted because am supposed to leave for Meru tomorrow, now I am confused I don’t know what to do” David Mutuma, one of the passengers told Baraka FM.

A communiqué from the bus company indicated that buses would resume operations on Tuesday at 1.00pm.

This comes just a day after the management of Tahmeed coach limited appeared before the authority provide proof that their buses had complied  with the  regulations of the traffic act amidst numerous complaints of dangerous driving that led to near fatal incidents by the bus drivers.