- Bodaboda operators decry the additional cost saying it will strain their already overstretched budget brought by loaned motorbikes.
- They are now going to seek legal redress to stop the implementation of this law.
A section of bodaboda operators in Kiambu County has protested the proposed bill compelling them to have third-party insurance cover that will protect their passengers and pedestrians in the event of an accident.
The operators, on Saturday, termed the new directive as discriminative and lacking public participation.
“…serikali ikuje polepole mpaka hapa chini ili tuweze kuongea pamoja tujadiliane, lakini hii mambo ya kusema lazima tuwe na insurance ya third party, sisi watu wa bodaa hatujahesabika kwa hio third party,” Isaac Njuguna, one of the bodaboda operators lamented in an interview with TV47 Digital.
Prompted by the rising number of accidents that have left many injured, the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) proposed changes to the insurance rules that will make it illegal for motorbike taxis to operate without covers for their passengers.
Operators have also decried the additional cost saying it will strain their already overstretched budget following the high interest while paying for their loaned motorcycles.
“Hizi pikipiki zetu unaona hapa nyuma, tunazichukua na loan…,na kila siku ile pesa tunapata ni kidogo sana kwa hivo itakua ni vigumu sana sisi kulipa hio bei ya third party na hata ile pesa tunapata imekua kidogo,” posited another operator
Erick Mungai, alias Muturi wa Nduthi, said the Kiambu Bodaboda Association will be proceeding to court to block the government’s move to enact the law without consulting them.
“Umoja wetu ndio nguvu yetu, tutaenda kortini ili siku ingine serikali ikitaka kufanya kitu inazungumza na washikadau, tunaketi chini tunazungumza na tunakubaliana…,” the patron added.
Earlier in 2019, Parliament declined to pass the third-party insurance cover proposal into law on the grounds of lack of public participation.
It remains to be seen whether a similar verdict awaits this time if the government makes good its threat.