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By JOSEPH OJWANG.

Motorists in Kisumu hailed the operation to enforce traffic rules in public service vehicles in the wake of a directive by Inspector General of police withdrawing some traffic officers from the road.

Matatu owners and Sacco officials yesterday mounted a self regulation inspection along Kisumu Nairobi Highway.

Several excess passengers were stranded along the road after they were ordered out of the vehicles by the inspection team.

Francis Mbatia, a driver playing Kisumu-Kericho road lauded the effort to bring sanity on the road.

Mbatia said motorists should not take advantage of the absence of traffic officers on the road to flout rules and endanger the lives of passengers.

He said the directive of the IG will uproot corruption in the matatu industry.

Another motorist said self regulation was important and the step taken by their Sacco officials was commendable.

An official from Kisumu matatu owners association Booker Odhiambo said inspection would be conducted in all the major roads leading to Kisumu city.

Odhiambo said the excess passengers were their main concern and the operation would ensure that they deter such behavior.

Drivers and touts found to be flouting traffic rules were subjected to discipline through their respective Saccos that includes suspending their licenses

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