The National Transport and Safety Authority NTSA has suspended the Modern Coast Bus express Limited licence after reports of several near fatal crashes.
Through a statement on Thursday, NTSA said it has been monitoring the bus company and decided to suspend its operating licence. This follows a Thursday morning crash involing two of its buses that let seven dead.
“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. The Company’s access to the NTSA portal has been deactivated to limit any activities on their 88 vehicles, as the investigation continues,” read the statement.
The authority has also called on the police to impound any modern coast bus operating against the suspension.
“The National Police has also been advised to impound any of their vehicles from operating contrary to this suspension,” read the statement signed by Director General George Njao.
The accident involved two Modern Coast buses at Kiongwani area near Salama market along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway on Thursday morning.
According to Makueni County commander Joseph Napeiyan, the two buses headed in opposite directions collided head-on in the 2 am accident. One bus was headed to Mombasa from Malaba while the other was headed to Nairobi from Mombasa. A two-year-old baby is among those who lost their lives in the crash.
One driver was among five people who died on the spot while the baby and the other driver were reported to have succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.
“The injured were rushed to Sultan Hamud for treatment but 17 had serious injuries and have been transferred to other health facilities including Shalom and Machakos referral for specialised treatment,” said Napeiyan.
The baby died at Shalom hospital where she had been transferred.