Online delivery platform, Sendy has partnered with Yamaha to train its motorcycle drivers on safety measures when driving motorcycles. This comes at a time when motorcycle accidents have been on the rise in Kenya with 18% of fatalities being caused by motorcycles, according to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) report released last year.
The partnership is intended to give drivers professional training on how to safely drive motorcycles to reduce the rate of injuries and deaths caused by accidents related to motorcycles.
Speaking during the training, Meshack Alloys, Sendy Founder and CEO said that it was imperative that their drivers received training given the increase in the number of drivers on their platform.
“With over 800 motorcycle drivers on our platform, it is our duty to ensure that our driver partners stay safe when driving. The number of motorcycle accidents has evidently been on the rise and partnership with Yamaha will see them get training on motorcycle best practices and make the best out of the safety gadgets these motorcycles come with,” Alloys said.
According to NTSA, majority of motorcycle accidents were caused by riders who were not trained. In 2017 over 147 motorcyclists had died in road accidents most of which were caused by riders not wearing a helmet or following traffic rules.
Augustine Juma, the General Manager of Yamaha, said that their motorcycles are built in a manner to ensure maximum safety for riders and knowledge of how to maximise on these safety gadgets will not only help Sendy riders but any motorcyclist using Yamaha.
“Yamaha considers rider safety as top priority and training on how to use our motorcycles is key for us. Together with Sendy, we have embarked on an exercise to train their riders on motorcycle safety. Head injuries caused by motorcycles are ranked highest and it is for this reason that we need to ensure motorists use all the gadgets we provide when purchasing our products. We will continue to train riders to reduce the number of motorcycle related accidents and injuries,” Juma said.