Stringent guidelines await boda boda cyclists as they resume operations on July 27, after nearly five months since President Yoweri Museveni announced restrictions that were hoped to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In allowing the cyclists back on the road, cabinet passed prohibitions for the riders. For instance, the cabinet approved the creation of boda boda free zones which will not be accessed by passenger-carrying cyclists.
The boda boda free zone will run along the following boundaries; Wampewo roundabout to 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.
Only utility and delivery service motorcycles shall be allowed in the boda boda free zone area.
Cabinet also approved 579 boda Boda stages in Kampala as full operations for boda boda cyclists resume.
The stages are spread through the five divisions of Kampala with the central division having 32 stages, Kawempe 89, Makindye 136, Nakawa 146 and Rubaga division 179 stages.
Each gazetted stage has a unique reference code, for instance Bukesa stage 1001, Bukesa Stage 1002 and Industrial Area 1007 among others and this will be the stage name.
According to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) 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 any Covid-19 infection. No boda boda is allowed to operate outside the gazzetted stages.
Boda Boda operators are required to register at any gazetted stage of their choice, while all boda boda App companies like Safe Boda, Bolt and Uber and associations like Century Boda, shall share with KCCA the register of all their members after registering every member to a gazetted stage.
All boda boda riders who do not operate or belong to the App companies or associations shall register with KCCA through their stage leadership. Forms can be downloaded from the KCCA website or picked from Ward Administrators at every KCCA Division. No fees payment is required in the entire process.
KCCA is also procuring boda boda stage signs to mark the gazetted stages permanently and traffic signs to demarcate the boda boda free zones as approved by Cabinet.
As they resume operations on Monday, Boda Bodas are only required to abide by the standard operating procedures of having a helmet and mask, registering passengers and sanitizing passengers and the seat each time they get a passenger.