Government to enforce very tough rules for bodabodas.


The government will enforce very tough rules for bodabodas including weight limits.

Kenya Urban Road Authority (KURA) has reckoned that many operators carry more than the legal limit of 30kg making it almost impossible to easily control the motorcycles.

A KURA Assistant Director for road safety Wilson Kitwa said such a load should be carried by a car or a Tuktuk.

He warned that said riders caught carrying two or more bags of cement weighing 50kg each will be arrested.

“They don’t wear reflector jackets and helmets, they carry very heavy loads and thus cause a lot of chaos on the road,” Kitwa said.

While speaking during a traffic rules information road show at Kiritiri Town in Mbeere South Sub-county, Kitwa noted that there was road accident menace by bodaboda operators who did not know traffic rules with those who knew not adhere to them.

Kitwa said the violation of traffic rules by the bodaboda riders in eastern Kenya has contributed to the loss of more than 1,000 lives.

He called on bodabodas to strictly follow the traffic rules to reduce the number of accidents they cause asking these operators to always overtake other vehicles from the right side.

“The rider and their passengers should wear helmets and reflectors, and each rider should take insurance covering themselves and the passenger,” he said.

The authority will carry out road shows in eastern Kenya including Kitui, Meru, Embu, Machakos and Tharaka Nithi about the need to observe traffic rules.

The roadshows will target motorcycle riders.

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