26 June 2013

Tanzania: State Mulls Safer Bodaboda Travel

Dodoma — THE Minister for Home Affairs, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, said here that public service motorcycles, bodaboda, have helped create jobs and generate income for many youths in the country despite the various challenges, including frequent motor accidents.

Dr Nchimbi told the National Assembly that between January 2012 and May 2013, a total of 10,036 public transport motorcycles, popularly known as 'bodaboda' were registered by the Police Force.

He said Dar es Salaam was leading in the number of such public service motorcycles, followed by Morogoro, Arusha and Kilimanjaro.

In a sad note, however, the minister informed the House that between January and December, last year, 930 people died from accidents that involved 5,763 motorcycles while 5,532 others were injured.

Dr Nchimbi further said that between January and May, this year, 352 people died from accidents that involved 2,415 motorcycles.

"This death rate is unacceptably high. We have to look for solutions," the minister insisted.

He said the government, through the traffic police division and other stakeholders, was conducting seminars and training of bodaboda riders on proper use of road signs and traffic rules.

"We need the co-operation of all stakeholders to save lives and avoid injuries. Many people are permanently maimed after sustaining injuries while many widows and orphans are also created, the minister beseeched stakeholders. Dr Nchimbi urged motorcycle riders to observe the law and all road safety regulations.

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