In an effort to increase road safety awareness and education across the country, the Kenya Roads Board (KRB) has started educating boda-boda drivers in Meru County.
The training that is taking held at Mwiteria Chief’s campground in the Imenti North constituency has benefited at least 300 bodaboda drivers.
The Board’s broader corporate social obligation, according to KRB officials, includes road safety initiatives that aid boda boda riders in lowering tragedy in the nation.
The Automobile Association of Kenya (AAK) and KRB worked together to organize the training. The Kenya Red Cross (KRC) is also providing them with training and a one and a half month long driving license process. Victor Odula stated, “Our goal is to reach a larger number of bodaboda riders in all counties and improve their skills on road safety.
Bodaboda riders’ leader John Barasa applauded the two organizations’ action, stating that raising awareness will improve the operators’ performance and increase road safety in Kenya. Barasa highlighted that there are more than 40,000 bodaboda riders in Meru County, the majority of whom are untrained and lack licenses; the trained riders will serve as the rest of the riders’ representatives.
Ezekiel Chepkwony, the police commander for Imenti North sub-county, expressed his concern about how the bikers use the various roadways, claiming they lack the necessary knowledge and abilities. He said that his agency has close ties to the boda boda riders and regularly educates them about needs including insurance, appropriate riding gear, and roadworthy motorcycles. Bodaboda riders have received good marks from information security organizations for any security alert, he continued.
Based on statistics, bodaboda accidents accounted for almost 1,200 deaths on Kenyan roads last year, or 25% of all traffic fatalities. Authorities claim that if drivers receive the necessary training and do their part, these fatalities and accidents can be averted.