Free road safety training for boda boda operators
Kenya has more than 720,000 motorcycles registered for public transport but 70 per cent of their operators are not trained, the National Transport and Safety Authority has said.
“Most of them rely on peer training after which they take to the roads without any additional road user or safety training. This has resulted in an increase in the number of fatal accidents,” NTSA director of Road Safety John Muya said.
“They buy the motorbikes, practise riding in open fields and hit the road in three days. That is why you see them overtaking on wrong sides, riding on pavements and jumping traffic lights.”
He spoke at Kasarani during the launch of a partnership between NTSA ,Toyota Kenya and the National Police Service to offer enhanced safety training to motorcycle operators.
Toyota Kenya MD Sachio Yotsukura said Yamaha, through the Yamaha Riding Academy, will train boda boda operators for free. It will work with the NTSA to enhance the quality of training, he said.
The academy started a specialised training programme and 20 police officers will complete a two-day training today.