One of Kenya’s leading bus companies Modern Coast has parked its buses citing high operation costs.
According to Muhammad Onyango, the company CEO Harun Butt has made it clear that they will resume operation once the government allows 100% sitting capacity. In the meantime, they have pulled down its online booking service.
“Modern Coast CEO Harun Butt says the company decided to park its buses due to high operating costs & it will only resume normal operations when the government allows 100% passengers on board since sustaining the business is costly. The company has pulled down its booking website.” Said Onyango.
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The statement follows a similar publication by Nation that revealed that both Modern Coast and Mombasa Raha have moved to offer courier services in order to sustain the business.
The transport has been worst by government restriction following the COVID-19 outbreak. Previous seating capacity has been capped in order to break the transmission of the virus.
Stakeholders in the industry are crying foul play and double standard as the country’s SGR system operates 100% capacity despite the restriction they themselves issued.
Several companies have laid off most of their staff in an attempt to keep the business afloat by any means possible hoping that the government will one day relax the measures and the pandemic will be a thing of the past.