Free road safety train­ing for boda boda op­er­a­tors

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

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.

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