By Juliet Waiswa
BODABODA stages in the city will be ready by next month, Peter Kaujju Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) spokesperson has said.
He said KCCA is in the process of designing bodaboda stages and shelters which will be ready in February. Kaujju revealed that KCCA is in the final stages of setting up the stages and when complete each rider will have a stage of operation.
According to KCCA, not more than 20 bodabodas will be allowed at one stage.
“There will be a specific number of bodadodas and all bodabodas are to operate from designated stages,” he said
A report on the recent registration exercise showed that Kampala city has over 60, 000 bodabodas.
“Our team is in the field and they are trying to ascertain areas where to set up stages, “Kaujju said.
He however said KCCA is still in consultation with the police and other agencies to finalize the Bodaboda Code of Conduct that all motorcycle operators in the city must comply with.
Government came up with the registration exercise in order to come up with a law that will regulate bodaboda operations in the city. KCCA concluded the registration of all motorcycles in the city in October last year.
The registration exercise is the first attempt to establish the actual number of commercial (bodaboda) and private motorcycles operating in the city.
The exercise which started on September 9 last year ended on October 31 and covered both commercial and private motorcycles, but Kaujju explains that people who purchased motorcycles even after the exercise can report to the bodaboda coordination office at city hall for guidance.
Previous estimates had suggested that there were about 200,000 bodaboda cyclists in Kampala alone, raising concern about the need to regulate their operations.
Under the new law, all motorcyclists must wear helmets and reflector jackets bearing large identification numbers. Commercial motorcyclists will also operate at designated stages.
Last year KCCA had started sourcing for reflector jackets and helmets which will be issued to cyclists in January and February this year. The equipment is free for registered cyclists.
KCCA was planning for 60,000 motorcyclists in the city.
In conjunction with Police and bodaboda representatives, KCCA will come up with an identification system.
KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi last year said government will also set an operational fee to be levied for bodaboda operations and the cyclists, they will have a code of conduct to guide their operations.