The high number of boda bodas and tuk tuk riders in the Nakuru Central Business District (CBD) has been blamed for the increased number of road accidents.
Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Mr Ziro Arome said many unqualified people were taking to the roads without proper training. He was speaking Thursday during a press conference in Nakuru town.
He said, “the operators have increased tremendously, especially along Kenyatta Avenue and this has not only increased congestion but even the number of accidents has dramatically shot-up.”
Arome said although boda bodas and tuk tuks create employment for the youth, they have also created new traffic challenges and lawlessness, which were not there in the past.
However, the chairman of boda boda riders in the town, Mr. Samson Onundu said all their members were properly trained and they routinely take them for refresher courses.
Onundu added that the riders who have refused to join Saccos were difficult to regulate and he blamed them for all the malpractices and abuses in the industry.
He challenged the traffic officers to educate the riders on the importance of joining Sacco’s for easy and proper regulation.
However, a number of residents said they prefer using boda bodas within the CBD due to limited parking slots.
By Veronica Bosibori