NEBBI. Nebbi district leaders have decried the increasing number of Boda Boda accidents on the roads.
Mr Christopher Omara, the Nebbi resident district commissioner (RDC) said since the beginning of this year, there has been increasing number of Boda Boda accidents with over 5 deaths and several others sustaining serious injuries in the district.
“Most of our youths do not have riding permits, they learn on job and so they lack knowledge on traffic rules hence ending up causing unnecessary accidents on the road,” Omara explained.
He said there is need to do thorough screening of Boda Boda riders so that those without riding permits are forced to acquire them or quit the business.
The officer in charge of traffic at Nebbi district police station, Mr Eric Ssendege admitted that majority of the Boda Boda motorcycle riders lack permits besides, they are unaware of traffic rules and regulations.
He said as police, they are going to intensify community policing about the matter.
“As traffic department, we can confirm that most of the riders operating in Boda Boda industry in the district are causing a lot of traffic offences since they mostly operate without any single idea of traffic regulations,” Ssendege said.
He noted that most riders ignore wearing of helmets, ridding gears and valid permits among others while others even ride without lights at night.
Ms Imelda Betoi, the district secretary for social services observed that most youth have taken to Boda Boda riding as the only viable business they can do in their lives, forgetting about other enterprises.
“The police should organize and sensitize the Boda Bodas on the traffic regulations if the number of accidents on the roads is to reduce,” she said.
But Mr Bosco Rwothungeyo, a Boda Boda rider at of Nebbi roundabout stage defended their business, saying it has attracted many youths who would have been unemployed if they were not riding. He admitted the challenges of accidents which he said they are trying so much to minimize.
“It is expensive to acquire a ridding permit and most of us cannot afford it. If you move around this town, only a few of us have ridding permits. The best we can do is to understand the traffic rules and regulations and police should sensitize us on that,” he added
In Uganda for one to get a temporary permit, it costs shs28,000 for the whole year while a three-year permit costs shs86,000.