Dar es salaam.
No operator below the age of 18 years will be allowed to operate a bodaboda taxi for pillion riders. At the same time, the government has directed that licences be issued only to motorbike riders who have undergone certified driving school training.
These changes are viewed as a ‘push and pull’ scenario since the government only recently reduced minor bodaboda offence fines from Sh30,000 to Sh10,000.
Before the passing of this Bill, the country did not have specific procedures for bodabodas.
Other changes passed in the Road Traffic Act include the mandatory seat belt rule for all vehicle passengers, helmets for motorbike and pillion riders, and the reduction of the duration which a broken-down vehicle can be left by a road side.
SOURCE: THE CITIZEN.