The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has directed Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) operators to conform to the newly gazetted rules that include the use of graffiti and other multicolour designs on the vehicles.

NTSA Director General Francis Meja said the operators who will be found flouting the rules will be prosecuted, adding that the innovative decorations and designs should not contain vulgar gestures, symbols, wordings or signs.

In a statement, Mr Meja said: “The NTSA hereby informs the public that following consultations with the relevant stakeholders, the guidelines on the use and application of multicolour designs and decorations on PSVs have now been incorporated into the National Transport and Safety Authority (Operation of Public Vehicles) 2014 Regulations.”

The DG pointed out that the graffiti should not be painted, sprayed, drawn or affixed to any window, lights indicators or chevrons of the vehicle. Besides, they should not have reflective properties. “All PSV operators are hereby requested to note and ensure compliance with the above regulations. A copy of the regulations can be regulations can be downloaded from the NTSA website www.ntsa.go.ke,” the Director General noted.

The laws further stipulated that the vehicles should be able to display the name of the SACCO they represent in letters which are visible from a distance of at least 275 metres. “The name of the Sacco or company should appear in letters not less than six inches in height and in such colour as to be visible by day from a distance of at least 275 metres,” he said.

In November last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta took a bus ride from State House to Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) to launch the use of cashless fare payment mode and gave a nod to the return of graffiti in matatus.

“I personally do not see anything wrong with the artwork and creativity in matatus 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 Kenyatta.

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