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NTSA suspends Modern Coast Express Ltd operating license following a fatal accident

The National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) has suspended the operating license of Modern Coast bus company after a fatal accident involving two of the company’s buses on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on the night of December 11, 2019.

The regulator says it has been monitoring operations of the firm over the last couple of days following reports of near fatal accidents involving buses owned by the company.

“Following the early Thursday morning crash involving two of their buses, the Authority has with immediate effect suspended the Company’s operator’s licence and initiated a thorough investigation into its safety standards and operations,” read part of the statement signed by George Njao, NTSA Director General posted on the authority’s Facebook page.

Images from the December 11, 2019 accident scene.

Over the past few weeks, the public transport operator has suffered a spate of accidents involving their buses with the Thursday night one reporting fatalities that the police has confirmed has risen to 7 with over 60 injured and receiving treatments at various hospitals.

NTSA has further deactivated the firm’s portal on its system to limit operations. The firm, according to NTSA has 88 registered buses. The regulator has also asked the police to impound any buses from the company that are found operating contrary to the suspension order.

“We take this opportunity to condole with all those who lost their loved ones through this tragic crash and pray quick recovery for the injured,” concluded the statement.

The suspension order will inconvenience travelers who had booked with the operator for their festive season travels. The company had not released any statement by the time of publishing this story.

Images: Courtesy.

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