Reprieve for Bodaboda operators as National police service suspend national wide crackdown

Reprieve for Bodaboda operators as National police service suspend national wide crackdown

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,12TH MARCH 2022-The National Police Service (NPS) on Saturday announced the suspension of a countrywide bodaboda crackdown, so as to give room for consultations.

NPS put out a tweet saying the temporary halt will allow various stakeholders in the industry to consult and come up with best ways in addressing the issue.

“Enforcement of compliance of traffic law by public transport motor cycles aka Boda boda crackdown has been stopped. This is to give room to the government to reorganize the sector through a multi sectoral committee working on a framework of implementation,” the Police Service indicated.

However the ban on boda bodas operating within the Nairobi CBD will remain strictly in force.

“All boda bodas operators and riders are advised to comply with all requirements in due course,” NPS said.

This directive comes in the wake of growing concerns that the operation could be used to target innocent motorcycle owners amid concerns rogue police officers were using it as a cash cow.

The crackdown had also taken a toll on the delivery business within Nairobi with several consumers decrying frustrations while seeking delivery services

The government already issued interim demands requiring all boda boda owners and operators to be registered with bodaboda safety association.

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