The County Government of Nairobi has barred the Isuzu’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) buses from starting operations in the city over design concerns.

The County Transport executive Mohamed Dagane yesterday said that the buses did not meet the specifications set out by the Ministry of Transport and the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority.

“We will not allow them on our roads because if we do, then other people will come with their own buses as long as they are high capacity,” said Dagane.

According to the regulations, the buses are supposed to have flat floors without stairs on the doors and the aisle should be wider to allow two or three people to pass at ago.

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“There was also specific size of the door and the number of doors that such buses should have because when we talk of BRT, we are taking about the capacity, efficiency and time,” he said.

Already a lane has been dedicated for the buses on Thika Superhighway awaiting arrival of 100 high capacity buses that the government is planning to import.

The Isuzu buses have a speed limit of 60 kph and can ferry between 62 and 100 passengers at a go. The firm said the buses are locally assembled and specifically designed for Kenya’s BRT system.

“We have to be careful with what we allow on our roads because we might end up in the same trouble like the one we are in,” Dagane told a local daily.

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