Say It Ain’t So! NTSA Comes for Little Shuttle & SWVL
In a heartfelt email to customers, Little’s CEO Kamal Budhabhatti announced that the company was temporarily halting its mass transit services. “Few days before we got a communication from the authorities that we are not allowed to Hail a shuttle on Little,” read Kamal’s email.
Reason for this, well, turns out Little Shuttle and Swvl are not registered to perform public transport duties in this manner.
“The Authority in undertaking its mandate noted that Little Shuttle and SWVL operate vehicles contrary to the provisions of the PSV Regulations. The vehicles under these hailing app companies have acquired Tours Service License (TSL) but are engaging in commuter service within Nairobi, therefore, contravening the terms of the Tour Service License (TSL)”. Said Director General Francis Meja in a press statement
Now, Little & SWVL have come through for Kenyans with their efficient services and this is upsetting tweeps
It’s only in Kenya… swvl & littlecab shuttle suspended… still trying to understand though! Back to spending more time and money to get to work… smh! Ntsa should reconsider their decision… pic.twitter.com/fZ1BcmuDHw
— W.A.S.H.Y. (@Washkoe) October 1, 2019
Could this be a ploy by ‘matatu cartles’ to frustrate these services?
Well, Matatu Welfare Association chairman Dickson Mbugua said “We have forwarded this matter to the relevant authorities, including the infrastructure ministry. We have a multi-agency stakeholders meeting and stoping them will be the top agenda,” he said.
Whew! We can never have nice things around here it seems
Matatu drivers, according to new regulations by @ntsa_kenya have to undergo physical and mental tests every three years. I have honestly always thought one of the requirements to be a matatu driver is that one has to be mental 😅
— JKM (@TheOnlyJKM) October 1, 2019
This government regulating bodies, especially NTSA, KRA should stop this combatant approach and assist businesses to comply with the regulations instead of dragging them to the ground. Its backward! @SwvlKenya @ntsa_kenya @KRACarehttps://t.co/S2Me3Z2KLk
— WorkLife (@WorkLife_KE) October 1, 2019
What do you think of this move by NTSA