Managing a Fleet of Matatus

Matatu Fleet Management

Ever wondered how those with many Matatus manage their fleet. Here are a few technics I have learned along the way while in the business

24hr surveillance. 

You need to track your vehicles each and every minute of the day. To achieve this you need to install tracking devices on your vehicles and manage them in one platform. This will keep you in the know of the mileage, and places your vehicles have been. With that, you are In a better position to estimate earnings as per the trips made and mileage.

Also, tracking ensures your vehicle is safe from theft


Some operators or owners have daily income targets for each vehicle depending on the route, day, seasons (such as festive, school reporting, and closing days), and weather

Targets also ease the burden of estimating daily income if you have many vehicles

Some owners employ managers or avail themselves in bus stations to monitor their vehicles also. Especially for those with more than 2 cars, it's highly advisable

 Garage and Maintenance

This will make or break your bank. You have to be willing to set aside your time to monitor garage and maintenance issues as this is not only expensive but also very sensitive. 

You can also buy service items such as Oil and lubricants, filters, plugs, belts, brake pads, and linings, and other small items to save on the cost of purchase because you will definitely spend money on them, (Be your own shop)

Never let your drivers or touts be in charge of garage affairs.

Identify Specific Car mechanics and specialists to check your vehicles to ensure accountability and continuity in the maintenance of the vehicle.


Diversification is bad.

This is a case where all your eggs in one basket are not only safer but also easier to manage. Matatu employees are a tricky bunch and hence when on one roof it’s easier to access and control them.

Also, the Matatu industry has many factors and commitments ( different routes, different Sacco rules, and Sacco meeting), and being in two different Sacco’s may bring about confusion and collision on your end too; hence the safer bet is being in one Sacco and maneuvering your way in it