Night travel ban: Red Cross takes 39 Kisumu students to school

Night travel ban: Red Cross takes 39 Kisumu students to school

Red Cross has assisted 39 students who couldn’t leave Kisumu on Wednesday due to the night travel ban.

The learners could not travel as NTSA banned night bus operations, following several grisly road crashes that left at least 330 people dead in December alone.

The buses the students booked were unavailable but the society offered alternatives.

“Kisumu team assisting stranded students by providing our vehicles [to take them] safely to schools in Siaya and Busia,” the society said on Thursday.

The groups were received by their teachers upon arrival this morning.

Read: NTSA bans PSV night travel after Salgaa crash

Early Wednesday, students travelling to the countryside for their first term studies were stranded at various bus stations in Mombasa.

Students in Kisumu board a Kenya red Cross Society vehicle that transported them to schools in Siaya and Busia counties, January 4, 2018. /Courtesy

Confusion began on December 31 when the ban was announced and effected.

Francis Meja, director general of the National Transport and Safety Authority, said travel will be restricted to between 6am and 7pm to reduce night crashes. 

The Matatu Owners Association has criticised the indefinite ban saying it is counterproductive. MOA said only unapproved city operators should be affected, not companies that were vetted and that complied with traffic rules.

More on this: Night travel ban: Students stranded in Mombasa days after schools reopen

Also see: [VIDEO] Passengers stranded as fares soar after night travel ban

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