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Boda Boda Riders Decry Exorbitant Costs of Permits

Tumuhairwe said the bodaboda riders also complained that driving licenses issued at the Uganda Security Printing Company at Railway offices along Nasser Road are extremely expensive for them.
Safe Way Right Way Programmes Coordinator Susan Tumuhairwe displaying a standard crash helmet

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Boda boda riders have expressed concern about the exorbitant charges for acquiring driving permits.

While attending Safe Way Right Way’s road safety sensitization workshop in Makindye, boda boda riders said they have for long been duped by groups that have come up claiming to be issuing driving licenses.

Sylvester Ndagize, a leader of bodaboda riders in Makindye said they got driving licenses when KCCA and officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport mobilized them to get them at Kira Road. He said they get shocked whenever police reject the permits they acquired in the presence and involvement of government agencies.

More than 20,000 bodaboda riders acquired permits at Kira Road playground in 2021 in a project that was spearheaded by among other agencies ministry of Works, the state Minister for Kampala including KCCA officials. They were paying over 60,000 shillings but the documents they received are never recognized by police on the road.

Susan Tumuhairwe, the Safe Way Right Way Programmes Coordinator said in the five divisions they have held road safety sensitization workshops with a main focus on helmet use, bodaboda riders have complained about being cheated in driving license costs.

Tumuhairwe said the bodaboda riders also complained that driving licenses issued at the Uganda Security Printing Company at Railway offices along Nasser Road are extremely expensive for them. She said the riders wonder why the cost of a driving license for a 60-seater capacity vehicle like a bus would be the same as the motorcycle that carries one passenger.

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Ndagize also complained about people who are always plain-clothed impounding their motorcycles on the road. They said the group that always dons green t-shirts do not introduce themselves but they impounded their motorcycles.

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Cue out “…aba bodaboda”//

But Justine Opus, the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander, said it is a requirement for a person conducting a security-linked operation to introduce themselves. 

He urged bodaboda riders to always demand for identification from people impounding their motorcycles.

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Anxious Agarura the Officer in charge of Katwe warned bodaboda riders against mob justice. He said many boda boda riders have been arrested over murder because of beating to death innocent people.

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