Embassava Sacco Disowns 314 Matatus Over Road Safety Rules

Embassava Sacco has struck out 314 matatus from its fleet of 733 vehicles saying it no longer owns them.

The sacco asked the National Transport and Safety Authority to deregister the vehicles whose registration numbers it listed in one of the dailies on Monday.

It did not elaborate but the NTSA said the measure was taken to prevent a blanket suspension of operations over safety regulations.

“They (Embassava management) told us that the owners of the vehicles have refused to cooperate to meet our requirements,” NTSA director general Francis Meja told the Star on phone on Monday.

Following a fatal accident in June, Meja suspended licenses and ordered a thorough inspection of all of the sacco’s vehicles to determine compliance levels.

He further suspended the license of the driver involved in the accident in which a man died, and called for the “intense training” of all others as well as touts.

The authority also wanted all the drivers hired on contract.

The saccos operations were restored after the management pledged to meet conditions set by the NTSA.