There was hue and cry among commuters in several towns in Kajiado after non-compliant matatus stayed off the roads for fear of police.
Roads in Kitengela were clear of rogue matatus that block every available space each day.
There was not a single matatu operating between Kajiado town and Namanga on the first day of crackdown of non-compliant vehicles on the roads.
In Ongata Rongai and Ngong, most commuters used private and personal cars to travel to work places in Nairobi.
County Commissioner David Kipkemei said police officers were on the roads as early as 3am on Monday and by midday more than 39 public transport vehicles that were not compliant had been impounded in Loitokitok, Kajiado, Ngong, Kitengela, Ongata Rongai, Kiserian and Isinya.
In the operation, 38 drivers were arrested, 23 motorcycles impounded with 21 riders being arrested and all will appear in court immediately,according to Kipkemei.
Kipkemei, who leading the operation to rid un-roadworthy vehicles on Kajiado roads, said only one quarter of the total PSVs came out on Monday.
“It is true commuters went through thick and thin as they tried to move from one point to the other. We are not going to relax the rules because we want all those operators to make their vehicles compliant,” said Kipkemei on the phone.
Many commuters from Kitengela to Nairobi were forced to walk 12 km to Mombasa road where they expected to catch up with PSVs from Machakos town.
Mary Tonkei, a commuter who was caught up in the mix, had to walk 10km to Shalom Community Hospital to visit her sick relative.
“I walked to the hospital because the matatu I got at Kitengela was charging Sh200 for all the stopovers to Nairobi. After visiting my sick sister, I went up to the road to pick a vehicle back, and the one I found charged me Sh70 instead of the normal Sh20,” said Tonkei.
Police in Kitengela were inspecting all vehicles to check if they are road worthy. Many personal cars were impounded and taken to local police station because they had no life saver reflectors, fire extinguishers or were carrying passengers without safety belts.