The TukTuk Association of Mombasa has vowed to move to court to stop new rules imposed on them by Mombasa County government. This is in reaction to a bill sponsored by nominated MCA Mohamed is expected to take effect in May 2019.
According to the association spokesman Mr Mgandi Kalinga the Tuktuk operators were not consulted before passing the bill into law.
“Somebody just woke up, went to the assembly, introduced the bill without doing any consultation and we strongly oppose the new rules because we were not involved,” said Mr Mgandi.
The spokesman has however added that they intend to move to court to stop the implementation of the directive until after proper consultations.
“Our lawyers are working on a petition to stop the rules, and we will also file a defamation case against the county government for defaming our characters because our image has already been tarnished,” he added.
Mr Mgandi has also expressed the association’s displeasure over the county government allegedly accusing them of aiding insecurity in the county.
“We work very closely with the security agencies in the county and, as an association, we register all our members and give them special numbers for easy tracking to curb insecurity cases,” he added.
Under the new rules, every Tuk-tuk in operation is expected to display the owner’s full name and business address. Each driver must wear an official uniform and, along with a national identity card or passport, display their photo in the Tuk-tuk.
The new directive also recommends colour-coding the Tuk-tuks where those operating in Mombasa town will be painted green, Nyali-blue, Likoni-yellow, Jomvu-orange, Changamwe-red and Kisauni-blue with yellow stripes. EachTuk-tuk should have three safety belts and registration stickers.