Boda boda operators urged to report suspicious passengers
12 May 2015, 12:13
Nairobi - Boda boda operators in the country have been asked to be more vigilant when transporting customers and report any suspicious passengers in order to help curb the rising insecurity.
Speaking during a meeting between NTSA and traffic officers at Uhuru park Nairobi, Deputy traffic officer Musyoka Mutungi said criminals have changed tactics and are now using boda boda's to conceal their identity.
He told the riders to embrace Nyumba Kumi initiative and know their partners in order to keep off passengers with bad motives.
"Know your partners and keep interest on what they do as business will thrive when there is security," he said.
The officer also urged them to cooperate with traffic officers in ensuring that order is followed when they are going on with their business.
"Don't be afraid of these officers. When they stop you, don't run away because they might be telling you which way not to follow when disaster strikes hence saving your lives," he said, adding that they have nothing to fear if they have adhered to traffic rules.
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Motor Assemblers Association of Kenya chairman, Isaac Kaluma urged the government to value the sector as it has created more than 400 000 jobs.
He asked traffic police officers to handle motorbikes that are confiscated for flouting traffic rules well since they are the only source of income for the cyclists.
The boda boda operators pledged to follow traffic rules and stop when directed by the officers as long as they stop harassing them.
Other speakers in the meeting were Alphonse Kithuka from Central police station, Chief inspector Nairobi area Pius Melly, an official from NTSA and CEO Africa Road Watch, Beth Mwaura who said that her company will help the cyclists in mastering and following the rules and regulations.
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