Boda boda riders in Imenti North Sub County are ready to go on with their normal businesses, as they wait for release of report on new boda boda traffic rules set for May 1, 2019.
Led by the Chair of Imenti North Riders Sacco, John Naituri and the Coordinator, John Barasa, the boda boda
operators maintained that they have already complied with the very basic requirements.
They vowed to continue keeping abreast with the emerging traffic rules and regulations, while calling on those
joining the industry to ensure compliance in order to streamline the key transport sector.
Addressing the media in Meru Town on Tuesday, Barasa stated that they had registered their members with the AA driving school for driving lessons and eventual issuance of licenses which was critical.
He said they were also in close collaboration with insurance firms for the sake of helping their members acquire
comprehensive policies, so that in case of accidents the riders and their passengers get compensation.
“With the new rules set to be released next month, we Imenti North riders are very well set and even wish to
invite the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i to visit and see our level of organization,” added the Coordinator.
He stated that they were in close communication with the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) regarding any updates on matters of transport in the region.
Barasa said their Sacco has partnered with riders from other sub counties including Imenti South and Buuri in a
move to guard against motorbike theft and general insecurity.
“We have rolled out massive sensitization on safety of our members together with public education of residents in
order to build more trust with boda boda riders,” he noted.
In the past, there were cases of criminals disguising as riders, but the Sacco has now come up with stringent
measures by ensuring that every rider has a sticker for easy identification, thus helping in isolating the bad elements.
The riders have promised to put everything in place to sustain their businesses and ward off undue police
interference in their daily operation.
By Richard Muhambe