The Kenya Roads Board (KRB) is training bodaboda operators in Kajiado County in a bid to reduce a*******s, improve road safety and influence behaviour change on road usage.
KRB has undertaken training of boda boda operators in 13 counties in its effort to bolster road safety awareness and e*******n nationwide.
At least 300 bodaboda operators have benefited from the training that is taking place in Kajiado Central at the KCB grounds.
KRB Director General Rashid Mohamed in his remarks said that part of the Board’s broader corporate social responsibility involves road safety programmes that help boda boda riders in reducing c*****e in the country.
“The Board is hoping to leverage partnerships to broaden the reach and effectiveness of our road safety awareness and campaigns, taking active steps to improve our engagement with industry stakeholders and improve road safety.
“Our support to the boda boda industry to improve road safety generally is aligned to the Nations broader development agenda namely, The Third Medium Term Plan of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda. KRB will continue to focus on promoting road safety initiatives and conducting road safety audits,” said Mohamed.
KRB has collaborated with Automobile Association of Kenya (AAK) to conduct the training. Kenya R*******s (KRC) is also training the riders on basic first aid measures.
“Through strategic partnerships and collaborative efforts with our stakeholders, I am confident that we will continue to effectively steer growth and development in the sector by significantly reducing road a*******s and promoting road safety,” said Mohamed.
Statistics from The National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) reports that 588 boda boda riders d**d in road a*******s between January and June 20th 2021. NTSA reports that the d****s rose by 160 compared to the 428 d****s reported in the same period last year.
During the training, the boda boda operators will be equipped with skills such as safe riding, first aid and adherence to traffic rules and highway codes. Additionally, the riders will be taken through HIV counselling and testing. KRB will issue reflector jackets and helmets to all riders after the training.