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Matatus’ New Seating Arrangements Sparks Mixed Reactions (PHOTOS)

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Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia might have relaxed COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday July 15 on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) but the social distancing rules still remain.

By increasing the number of passengers onboard, PSVs such as 33-seater matatus would be allowed a sitting capacity of 18, including the driver and crew.

One Super Metro sacco plying the Kikuyu-Nairobi via Westlands and Juja/Thika to Nairobi (and vice versa) has decided to think outside the box.

They introduced a new seating arrangement, to comply with the protocols set by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Super Metro’s new seating arrangement. Source: Twitter

The new arrangement works in such a manner that instead of losing two seats per 4-seater row, they now only lose one.

Super Metro has seemingly raised the bar for other matatus with the new directive, and matatu users took to social media to express their delight.

“Supermetro succeeds because of discipline during the job. They’re boasting Thika road, Kikuyu and soon Eastlands” wrote @Eddiest_KE

“If they really cared about you and me the middle row shouldn’t be existing. Now they care about themselves and it is understood they have to make some money too” added Osama Otero.

Super Metro matatus on the road. Source: File

“Public Service Sector adopting with the times… Interesting times indeed.” quipped Francisca Rangaya.

The new guidelines announced by Transport CS Macharia would also see 14-seater matatus capacity increase their capacity to 10 passengers, as opposed to eight, including driver and crew and the 51-seater matatus will be allowed a sitting capacity of 30, including the driver and crew.

In the case of boda bodas, only one passenger would be allowed.

The five-seater cars and cabs would also be allowed to carry three passengers while a seven-seater car will be allowed to carry five passengers at a time.

In March 2020, when Covid-19 struck, the government issued directives compelling the matatu sector to drastically reduce the number of passengers to avoid the potential spread of the virus in congested matatus.

Check out the reactions to Super Metro’s COVID-19 compliance seating arrangement below:

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