Residents of Nairobi and its environs will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the convenience of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system after city hall debarred the just unveiled Isuzu BRT buses.
The debarring of the buses according to city hall was attributed to the buses not meeting specifications stipulated by the Ministry of Transport and the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority.
According to the county administration, the buses; which were unveiled by Isuzu on Monday and have a capacity of 62-100 passengers, have flaws in their overall design and structure.
Speaking to sections of the press, the Nairobi County Transport Executive Mohamed Dagane, pointed out that the buses did not adhere to some floor designs as well as other functional features.
“The buses should have incorporated flat floors without stairs on the doors and wider aisles that would help house large numbers of commuters at any given time,” Mr Dagane explained.
“The size of and number of doors in the two buses is also an area of concern since BRT systems are meant to factor in operational capacity and efficiency.”
Mr. Dagane subsequently advised caution in the selection and approval of county BRT buses meant to ease congestion in the streets of Nairobi.
“We have to be careful with what we allow on our roads because we might end up not achieving what we set out to do in the first place,” Mr. Dagane cautioned.
“If we allow these buses on our roads other investors will present high capacity buses that do not adhere to the set stipulations as well.”
Automobile manufacturers have been scrambling to get a piece of the pie ever since the government announced plans to introduce BRT systems borrowed from Colombia’s bus rapid transit model in Bogota to support its public commuter services and ease congestion in the city and its environs.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Namata) has already mapped out a lane dedicated for the buses on Thika Superhighway awaiting arrival of 100 high capacity buses that the government is planning to import.