Isuzu’s ambitious Buy Kenya Build Kenya BRT buses faces an uncertain future after City Hall pulled the brakes over the use of the buses following design queries.
The county government yesterday said the buses do 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,” Transport executive Mohamed Dagane said, as reported by The Star.
Vehicle manufacturers are jostling for a share of high capacity buses after it emerged that the government is working to introduce Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system to revamp public transport and reduce the congestion.
The government had previously planned to import the buses from South Africa creating a huge storm over the decision. The decision was later rescinded with the government stating preference would be given to local manufacturers.
Dagane said the team had agreed on specific features which were supposed to be gazetted by the Kenya Bureau of standards.
The buses are supposed to have flat floors without stairs on the doors, the aisle should be wider to allow two or three people to pass at ago.
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.