Boda boda in Homa Bay riders risk job loss over laws

Friday April 19 2019

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A boda boda rider on February 4,2019. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

GEORGE ODIWUOR
By GEORGE ODIWUOR
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Hundreds of boda boda riders in Homa Bay County could be rendered jobless if they fail to comply with traffic rules that take effect on May 1, 2019.

Among the rules they are expected to follow are, having a rider’s licence, wearing reflector jackets, boots and helmets. .

The regulations, were set last year by the Ministry of Transport to reduce road carnage.

However, an outcry by boda boda riders made the ministry to extend the deadline for compliance until May 1 this year. But most of the riders in Homa Bay are yet to abide by the regulations.

According to county boda boda chairman Ken Dede, most riders risk being removed from the road because they have not applied for licences.

“Most of the riders went to backstreet training schools, which do not help them get licences. They risk being arrested when the regulations take effect,” he said Thursday.