Members of the National Assembly’s Security and Administration Committee are planning a Bodaboda benchmarking trip in Thailand.
Led by the committee chairman and Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange on Thursday, the committee is planning to visit the country.
“My committee is planning to travel to Thailand to also learn more, benchmark about bodaboda because places like Thailand they have more motorbikes, ” Koinange said.
In light of this, the government through the Interior and ICT ministries is rolling out a program as indicated by the Kiambaa MP. The program is targeting 1.3 million operators and will be conducted by the National Youth Service.
Koinange was responding to a question by nominated senator Godfrey Osotsi on the number of licenses issued to boda boda operators in the country since 2019.
Osotsi also sought to know why despite meeting all the requirements, there have been ordinate delays in the issuance of licenses to the riders
In a figure that he noted is low due to among others lack of identification document to enable the riders to apply for the licenses, Koinange said there are 1.6 million licenses issued to the riders since last year across the country.
As some of the reasons for the low uptake, he also cited delays in the collection of the already processed licenses and a low level of awareness.
Current statistics estimated that some 3,000 lives are lost, 10,000 injuries and a corresponding loss of 5 per cent of GDP annually due to road accidents.