Ugandan government to train ‘boda boda’ cyclists on road safety

According to police reports, boda bodas are one of the major causes of accidents in the country, with at least four people dying due to motorcycle-related accidents daily.

50,000 motorcyclists in Uganda will embark on a six-week training on road safety in a bid to curb road accidents in the Kampala Metropolitan area, local media reported.

According to police reports, ‘boda bodas’ are one of the major causes of accidents in the country, with at least four people dying due to motorcycle-related accidents daily./Getty Images

The training will be done by the Ministry of Works and Transport in partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the police with all riders required to pay about $17 (Shs60,000) for the training.

Karim Kibuuka, the principal vehicle inspector at the ministry, said the riders will be trained on traffic laws, highway codes – traffic signals junction boxes, driving on urban roads and highways and interpreting road signals.

Kibuuka also said that they will be trained in health and safety and customer care, which will include price negotiations, client presentation, savings, mobilisation and investment, and crime prevention.

According to police reports, motorcycles are one of the major causes of accidents in the country, with at least four people dying due to motorcycle-related accidents daily.

The State Minister for Kampala City, Kabuye Kyofatogabye, said they have already trained 10,500 riders, and will now proceed to the inspector’s office for evaluation.
The minister said those who don’t show up for the training won’t be able to operate in Kampala.