Matatus that have resisted using cashless payment system to collect fares from commuters have now been placed on the radar as the transport watchdog is preparing to go for a swoop on them. The system was necessary in reducing handling of cash so as to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It was instituted in the Gazette Notice dated July 24.
According to the guidelines contained under Public Health (Covid-19 Operation of Public Service Vehicles) rules 2020, the matatu owners are liable to a fine of Ksh 20,000 for not using the cashless system. Additionally while on board, no foods or drinks were to be sold to travellers.
“A person who commits an offence under this rule shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding Ksh 20,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both,” read the public health rules in part.
Other rules included checking temperature rates of all passengers as well as keep social distance by keeping some seats vacant.
On the part of the Matatu operators, some cited dodgy customers with some of the commuters reversing their payments after they alight making it difficult to account for all fares paid.
Some of them claimed that they were losing as much as Ksh 1,000 per day to passengers reversing their pays after alighting.