National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has assured commuters relying on Easy Coach that the bus company’s transport services have not been suspended.
This follows reports by a workers union condemning alleged cancellation of Easy Coach bus’ TLB licence by the roads safety agency.
In a statement on Friday, the Transport Workers Union had sympathised with families of those who lost their relatives in a recent road crash involving one of the company’s buses at Salgaa where eight people died.
The bus was on October 28, ferrying pupils from St Peter’s Mumias Boys Primary School and students from St Claires Maragoli Girls for the December holidays when the accident happened.
According to Regional Traffic Enforcement Officer Joseph Muthee, a matatu heading to Kisumu from Nairobi was trying to overtake on the climbing lane when it collided with the bus at the blackspot.
This accident, is what the workers union alleged that the NTSA had based on to cancel and revoke the licence of Easy Coach.
“…the NTSA action to cancel the TLB Licence for Easy Coach Ltd has and will render thousands of families jobless which is unfair; unlawful and contrary to the government policy on [decent] job creation,” said the union in the statement signed by Dan Mihadi, the general secretary.
But in a series of tweets on its official Twitter page, NTSA said that it had not suspended the operations of Easy Coach explaining that the operator had only halted its work on Thursday to train drivers on road safety and customer care.
“NTSA has not suspended the operations of @EasyCoachLtd, the operator halted work yesterday to train its drivers #Roadsafety and customer care,” said one of the tweets.
The company also assured its customers that it was in operation dismissing the workers union claim.
“All Easy Coach Ltd operations are on, please ignore any information to the contrary,” posted the bus company on its Twitter page.
Later in a phone interview, Mr Mihadi confirmed that the bus company was in operation and that he had even visited the offices to prove it.
“Easy Coach are back on the road and are even preparing for the night shift,” he said.
However, he insisted that the bus was off the road for some time prompting their action while accusing NTSA of being incapable of regulating terms and conditions of other matatu Saccos saying Easy Coach was well organised.
By September 20, this year, NTSA has listed only five Saccos that have been suspended for not complying with regaulations.
They include Kisumu Ahero Mowouk Sacco, Daima Connection Ltd Sacco, Narok Line services Sacco, Sema Stage Sacco and Mwingi Travellers Sacco.