PSVs Park As Fuel Shortage Bites

Written By Mary Mumbua  📝

There is a looming transportation crisis as Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators across the country begin grounding their fleet due to the country’s ongoing fuel crisis.

According to Matatu Owners Association (MOA) chairman Simon Kimutai, at least half of their vehicles have been grounded due to a shortage of fuel.

Kimutai explained that even those who were operating had to queue overnight in order to secure fuel for daytime operations, with most petrol stations rationing the amount of fuel sold per vehicle.

“If you look at our roads there are few public service vehicles operating and this situation has paralyzed our operations,” Kimutai stated.

According to John Kiprotich, a boda boda operator in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet, they are being forced to sleep at petrol stations in order to get fuel as soon as it is available so that they can operate during the day.

Long queues can still be seen in various parts of the country, despite the fact that Sh 34.4 billion was injected into the fuel stabilization mechanism, raising hopes that the crisis will be resolved.

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