Police in Kasese has banned Boda boda riders from carrying two passengers in order to reduce on the increasing rate of motorcycle accidents in the area.
Rwenzori East Regional Traffic Officer, Mathias Mulumba Okwir says some times cyclists are involved in accidents they could have avoided if they were not loaded with two passengers.
He also adds that it reduces on the number of people that would die if the boda gets involved in an accident.
He argues that the law restricts every motorcycle to carrying only one passenger unless the other is sick and needs physical help.
Records at the Traffic Police Data Centre show that the country continues to register an increase in the number of people who lose their lives due to motorcycle accidents.
In the last three years, about 7,000 people have lost their lives in Boda boda accidents.
Road accident statistics show that in 2014, Boda boda accidents claimed 2,057 lives, 2,386 in 2015 and 2,554 in 2016.
In the 2014 death toll, 621 Boda boda riders, 274 passengers and 1,162 pedestrians died in road accidents.
The casualty toll went up in 2015 where 731 riders, 344 passengers and 1,311 pedestrians were killed in the carnage.
While addressing Boda boda riders at Unique primary school in Kasese town on Friday, Okwir said there is need to put all energies to reduce Boda boda accidents.
He also advised Boda boda riders and parents against putting school going children in front of the rider next to the fuel tank explaining that the practice might cause some side effects to the young ones.
Ahmed Amin, the Chairperson for the Kasese Municipal Boda boda Riders’ Association urged fellow riders to adhere to the instructions since they would help to reduce on the rate of motorcycle accidents.