National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) has suspended the Green Line Bus Company operator’s licence following a deadly crash last week.
The Sunday accident killed 9 people and left three others injured after the bus – registration number KBN 701N – collided head on with a lorry at Kamara area on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
In a statement on Wednesday, NTSA director Francis Meja said, the suspension was necessitated by continuous violation of traffic rules.
Meja stated that the suspension will only be lifted upon the operator’s compliance with set regulations among them the legally defined branding as detailed in the Operation of Public Service Regulations, 2014 for all its vehicles.
Consequently, the NTSA boss directed that Green Line Buses to undergo inspection at NTSA motor vehicle inspection centers. Also, acquire Road Service Licences (RSL) for all its vehicles and Public Service Vehicle (PSV) badges for all its drivers and conductors.
Further, the company was directed to comply with all provisions of the PSV Regulations and undertake road safety training for all its drivers, conductors, owners and company officials.
He ordered the traffic department to respond according to the suspension.
“The Traffic Department has been advised to impound any vehicles belonging to the Company found operating contrary to this suspension,” reads the statement from NTSA.
Green Line Bus Company suspension comes barely a week after the authority permanently revoked the driving licence of a truck driver involved in an accident that claimed 8 lives at Chepsir, Nakuru-Kericho Highway.
In a statement on Monday, NTSA director Francis Meja said, the driver, Abdulle Ali Mohammed is a danger to all road users and should never be allowed to drive in Kenyan roads.
Motorists have now been cautioned to be careful or face similar consequences.
“The authority also cautions motorists that similar action shall be taken against drivers who disregard traffic rules.”