Egypt based SWVL has geared up for a comeback after following a directive by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
About a month ago, NTSA issued a policy to two fast-growing shuttle companies operating in private sectors for them to conduct business.
The bombshell dropped at SWVL and Little Shuttle affected its customers who had enjoyed convenience unlike the rowdy Matatus and long queues in Nairobi City.
SWVL came into the market with the best marketing skills, one was given ten subsidized rides in a week and with only 50 bob, one can easily navigate through the highways.
Last month, it launched operations in Pakistan increasing its popularity in Southern Asia, Middle East and Africa.
With the heat from NTSA, SWVL last week suspended its operations joining Little shuttle which stopped a month ago.
” We don’t know about SWVL, but as per the communication from NTSA, we stopped. We also read in the newspaper that they ordered SWVL also to stop. But we see their busses in many places. So, we don’t know about them. Though we are not happy with the biased decision, we were told to stop, they were told to stop, and they still operate, and no one takes any action,” Little cab CEO Kamal Budhabhatti told a local publication.
For SWVL, they made an impromptu suspension through a text message to its customers notifying them of new development.
” We would like to notify our customers that we intend to be fully compliant with NTSA regulations by the end of this month. However, in the meantime, our routes have been affected and we apologise
for the inconvenience caused.” SWVL messaged it’s customers.
Having complied with the set rules, over the weekend, dozens of car owners in collaboration with SWVL, branded their vehicles under a new Sacco.
We had a talk with Francis, an official from SWVL, and he maintained that they followed the rules of joining Saccos to operate as Matatus.
“We are now rebranding under Express Prestige and Molo Sacco after we complied to NTSA’s directive having our licences as matatu transport sector by law. We will hit the roads on Monday morning,” Francis exclusively told Daily Buzz.
For Little shuttle, it is still unknown if they will come to terms with NTSA or stick to fast-growing cab industry only.