Kenya’s ‘Pimped up’ taxis crackdown

Matatus, the minibus taxis used by so many Kenyans to navigate the capital Nairobi, often covered in graffiti and modified with extra-loud horns, are facing a crackdown from regulators. Matatus with loud music, reflective material,modified exhaust system , obscene graffiti and without a  Sacco name are said to be flaunting the rules.

Matatus, are renowned for their graffiti-style artwork – but they also play a big part in the city’s music scene. The three million people who live in Nairobi use matatus to get around, but they are more than just buses, they are a cultural phenomenon. Their garish decorations and blaring music celebrate whatever is hip and current.

The taxis come in all colours, graffiti and with loud music, wireless Internet connection and small screens that play the latest music videos. Many young Kenyans earn a living working in the industry either as touts, drivers or artistes. Now, the country’s public transport regulator says the loud and obscene music and “disco” lights must go.

Here are some images of some grounded matatus:

IMG-20160127-WA0018 IMG-20160127-WA0019 IMG-20160127-WA0020 IMG-20160127-WA0021 IMG-20160127-WA0022 IMG-20160127-WA0023 IMG-20160127-WA0024 IMG-20160127-WA0025 IMG-20160127-WA0026 IMG-20160127-WA0027 IMG-20160127-WA0028 IMG-20160127-WA0029 IMG-20160127-WA0030 IMG-20160127-WA0031 IMG-20160127-WA0032 IMG-20160127-WA0034 IMG-20160127-WA0039 IMG-20160127-WA0040 IMG-20160127-WA0041 IMG-20160127-WA0037 IMG-20160127-WA0038