- Accidents involving boda boda operators, vehicles and pedestrians have been on the rise in the last three months in the county.
- The last accident occurred two weeks ago when three people atop a boda boda died on the spot after they were knocked down by a bus.
Kenya Roads Board has partnered with the Northeastern Province Technical Training Institute to train boda boda operators to improve road safety.
They also aim to influence behaviour change on the roads.
The road safety awareness training in Garissa is one of many initiatives conducted by the board.
It has also held sessions in Busia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kajiado, Kakamega, Kilifi, Kisii, Kisumu, Machakos, Malindi, Migori, Nakuru, Narok, Nyamira and Nyeri counties.
In the first phase, 100 operators will be trained.
Accidents involving boda boda operators, vehicles and pedestrians have been on the rise in the last three months.
The last accident occurred two weeks ago.
It involved a bus and boda boda with three people. The rider was trying to overtake a vehicle when he crashed into the bus.
All three died on the spot.
Speaking on the sidelines of the one-day training, NEP Technical deputy principal Margaret Wanjiru said the institution looked for recognition of prior learning.
“Most of them can manage motorbikes and so we are encouraging them to join us for recognition of prior learning, which is part of learning and is the current skill knowledge area that is available within our learning institutions,” she said.
Wanjiru urged more youths to enrol for technical courses, saying there is a readily available job market for people with such skills.
Engineer Nelson Nyamao from the board said many lives are lost through accidents involving boda bodas, hence, the need for more engagements and training.
“And that is why we have taken it as an initiative together with other partners, including NTSA [National Safety and Safety Authority] to organise sensitisation seminars and workshops," he said.
"We are also taking them for training so that they remain aware of traffic rules, acts and regulations.”
Nyamao said in the 15 counties visited, the board has trained close to 5,000 riders and provided 3,000 helmets, 10,000 reflector jackets and first aid kits, among others.
Further, the board has trained 150 riders who sat licensing examination by NTSA and passed.
“KRB’s support to the boda boda industry to improve road safety is aligned to the nation's 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,” he said
Garissa boda boda chairman Maxwel Otieno welcomed the move to give the riders licences.
He said the licences and training will increase their knowledge of traffic rules.
(edited by Amol Awuor)