Boda Bodas will resume carrying passengers tomorrow. But the government has made changes in their route charts, denying them access to most city roads.
A statement released by KCCA on Saturday evening shows that the cabinet approved a Boda Boda Free Zone where all Boda Bodas are prohibited from entering/accessing.
The Boda Boda Free Zone will run along the following boundaries; Wampewo Roundabout- Jinja Road to Kitgum House junction – Access Road – Mukwano Road to Clock Tower –Kafumbe Mukasa Road –Kisenyi Road –Mackay Road- Kyaggwe Road- Watoto Church-Bombo Road – Wandegeya – Hajji Musa Kasule Road- Mulago roundabout- Kamwokya junction – Sturrock Road – Prince Charles Drive- Lugogo Bypass–Jinja Road- Wampewo Roundabout.
The above chart implies tens of thousands of Bodas that operate in Kampala Metropolitan Area will only ride in the suburbs and leave the city to private cars, bicycles, taxis and buses.
Stages and registration
The ministers have also resolved that all Boda Bodas must operate at gazetted Boda Boda stages.
“The list of these stages and maps can be obtained from KCCA website or Ward Administrators at every KCCA Division. Each gazetted stage has a unique reference code and this will be its name,” reads the KCCA statement.
“All Boda Boda operators must be registered at any of the gazetted stages and this shall be their address to enable contact tracing in case of Covid19 infection. Boda Boda operators are free to register at any gazetted stage of their choice.”
Also, ride-hailing firms have been asked to share data of the Bodas they have on-boarded to ease the registration process and for Bodas that don’t belong to any ride-hailing companies, they will have to be registered by the government.
“All Boda Boda App companies and associations shall share the register of all their members (after registering every member to a gazetted stage),” reads the statement.
“All Boda Bodas who do not operate or belong to the App. Companies/associations shall register with KCCA through their stage leadership. Forms can be downloaded from KCCA website or picked from Ward Administrators at every KCCA Division. No Boda Boda operator shall pay any fees to anybody to register on any gazetted stage of choice. Anybody soliciting a bribe should be reported to the relevant authorities.”
KCCA says it is procuring Boda Boda Stage Signs to mark the gazetted stages permanently and Traffic signs to demarcate the Boda Boda Free Zone as approved by Cabinet.
All Boda Boda operators, the statement stays, must comply with all the directives and strictly follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as issued by Government