Boda bodas is a form of transportation that is becoming successful after several companies including Uber, Taxify, and Safe Boda help promote it. These platforms have recently begun adding Boda Boda onto their services making it easier for consumers to use them.
The new sharing platforms in the boda boda industry seems to be creating what once appeared impossible; a functioning market for motor vehicle/car -hire services that is governed largely by supply and demand as the transactional orders for boda boda rides (supply) operates in line with demand.
The innovation comes after several failed attempts by the government to conduct registration of boda boda riders to guide the regulation of this highly informal industry. Despite being the most popular means of transport due to its ease to navigate through impassable roads, Boda Boda have been associated with social evils like high rates of road accidents, crime rates and traffic rules violation. Notably, the Mulago National Referral hospital alone receives 10 to 20 victims of Boda Boda accidents daily.
A study by Crossroads and UKAID (2014) indicated that the more the boda bodas in the city, the more the roads accidents, especially those caused by the motor cycles. This literally means that with the high rates of youth unemployment, unregulated boda bodas are likely to worsen the road accident situation not only in Kampala but the entire country.
With sharing platform companies like safe bodas, Uber Boda and others, data bases on the riders’ details can be captured not only to guide on the regulation by the Government but also for traceability in case of crime emergencies like theft, murder and terrors as have happened in the past. Therefore, these private transport companies will greatly help the government to control the surging numbers of boda boda operators as well as streamline importation and first hand(not used) motorcycles in the country.
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