Boda boda rides have become very common in Kenya today. They have become a darling to many people because of convenience.
This sector needs to get well organized to reduce the number of lives that are being lost daily as a result of motorcycle accidents. Most government hospitals have been forced to allocate wards and trauma centers to cater to the rising number of casualties as a result of the increasing boda boda accidents.
In 2019, over 1400 people died from boda boda related accidents. This is an alarming number, and something needs to be done urgently to curb this menace.
This sector employs quite a significant number of people. From importers, to retailers, riders, mechanics and spare part sellers. Hence, it needs to be guarded and well organized to ensure that its negative impact does not outdo the benefits of operating the motorcycles.
On a good day, a motorcycle rider who is strategically placed, can take home up to Shs.2,000. Its running expenses and fuel consumption are meager hence making it economically fit for the business.
Rules and regulations have been put forward, but some rogue riders have ignored them. According to NTSA regulations, all motorcycles should be sold with two helmets and two reflective jackets for the rider and the passenger. All riders are supposed to have valid driving licenses for the motorcycle class.
The motorcycles are expected to have a third party public vehicle insurance cover.
The riders should not carry more than one passenger. The passenger should sit astride on the motorcycle. Passengers should also not be carried with heavy loads at the same time.
Motorcycle headlights should always be left on while in motion, and they should only overtake on the right side.
Children of 12 years and below should be accompanied by an adult while taking a motorcycle ride. They should sit between the rider and the adult.
The protective gear should be used at all times, and must always be clean.
The owners of the motorcycles should not modify the exhaust to curb noise pollution.
All motorcycle operators are required to join SACCOS.
Police and all necessary authorities should ensure that these rules are adhered to, and that rogue operators are thrown out of the industry to curb the number of accidents caused by careless boda boda operators.
Lives should be protected at all costs, and anyone endangering any life should de be dealt with accordingly by the law.