A matatu plying the Kayole route was on Sunday voted the best overall matatu in Nairobi during the Nganya awards held at KICC.
The 49-seater matatu, christened Tela Bang, dazzled judges with its of colours, graphics and lighting.
The Double M Commuter Services was voted the best bus operator in the Central Business District, while Spanish (La Face) withstood stiff opposition to emerge tops in the Mombasa bound bus category.
The Nganya awards panel was not looking into the flashiness of the vehicles but chose to concentrate on safety.
Nairobians were to vote for their favourite matatus across multiple categories including the best Sacco, driver, conductor, most compliant route, among others.
The event came on the backdrop of public fury over public service vehicles’ daily operations which some feel have become very reckless, costing many lives.
The Bikers Club of Kenya was recognized for road safety advocacy within the city.
Best Overall (Kenya 1): Tela Bang (Kayole route 19-60)
Best design: Blacklist (formerly Jabulani/Chicago Bulls: Rongai route 125)
Best CBD bus operator: Double M Commuter Services
Best 14-seater: MMG (Umoja route 35-60)
Best 25-seater: Hustler (Maringo route 10)
Best 29-37-seater: Rolling Stone (BuruBuru route 58)
Best 49-seater: Tela Bang (Kayole route 19-60)
Best 51-seater: Mayhem (Githurai route 45)
Best crew: Ciroc (BuruBuru route 58)
Best Mombasa bound bus: Spanish (La Face)
Best Auto Garage: Moha Graffix (Blacklist/Chicago Bulls/ Jabulani)