Uhuru lifts ban on 14-seaters, allows graffiti on matatus President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday lifted the planned ban on 14-seater matatus.

The Head of State said it had been established that the ban would be counter-productive especially for long distance travel and rural services.

“After wide consultations and research involving my Government and stakeholders, it has become clear that a blanket ban, especially for long distance and rural transport, may not be appropriate at this time,” said the President.

“This ban will not be implemented to ensure that operators continue to invest in new, roadworthy and therefore, safer transport for rural and long distance routes,” he added.

Uhuru also allowed the return of graffiti and artworks on Public Service vehicles “I personally do not see anything wrong with the art-work and creativity in Matatu’s and we should surely support our youth to do business with their talents, as long as it does not interfere with driver’s vision and other regulations,” said the President.

He was speaking during the launch of the PSV cashless 1963 card at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

President Kenyatta also gave owners of double-cabin vans a sigh of relief after categorizing their vehicles as family utility cars (Classic FM -2014)

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