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BULIISA BODA- BODA RIDERS WANT COST OF DRIVING PERMITS, THIRD PARTY INSURANCE REDUCED

By Pascal Onega

BULIISA: Boda- boda riders in Biiso town Council, Buliisa district have asked the government to reduce the costs of driving permits, PSV licence and third party insurance which they say are high.

Jonas Baguma, the vice chairperson of the riders in the town council and Ivan, the secretary for Biiso Boda-boda stage say the high costs of these requirements make it hard for most riders to get them.

They add that this has seen a big number of the riders fall victim to the ongoing police crackdown against riders without them.

The riders say it would have been better if the crackdown targeted only those without reflector jackets and helmets and spare those without driving permits because they are expensive and yet most of the riders ride motorcycles they  acquired on loan.

They add that besides, one is required to go to Kampala when processing the permit as there is no place in the upcountry where they can be processed.

However the leaders urged their riders to adhere to the rules and guidelines so that they can operate smoothly.

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The ongoing nationwide crackdown follows police reports that Boda -bodas riders are the major cause of road accidents in the country, with at least four people dying in motorcycle-related accidents every day.

Currently a total of 12,217 Boda- boda motorcycles have so far been impounded across the country in the operation.

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