Same District Traffic Officer (DTO), Inspector Mshagama Nyangasa said the trainings centred around free road safety, first aid, Health insurance and entrepreneurship skills to more than 500 motorcycle riders in the district .
The aim of the trainings he added was meant to tackle the increasing road accidents caused by riders in the region.
"Apart from curbing unnecessary road accidents, the training also aims at stepping down crimes and criminals among motorcycle riders in Same District and in Kilimanjaro region as a whole” Said Inspector Nyangasa
Nyangasa’s sentiments were echoed by Kilimanjaro Regional Traffic Officer (RTO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Zauda Mohamed who called upon other stakeholders to support such initiatives aimed at reducing accidents and saving lives, not only in Kilimanjaro region but the whole country.
"As we have told you before, apart from reducing road accidents that have claimed Bodaboda riders, the trainings also aims at curbing the problem of crimes and criminals in Kilimanjaro region” Said ASP Mohamed.
Hamadi Bendera, a boda boda rider and a beneficiary of the training said bodaboda operators face a number of challenges including demands for bribes from traffic police officers as well as customers refusing to wear helmets.
"On behalf of my fellow bodaboda riders in Moshi Municipal and Moshi rural I commend the role played by the Kilimanjaro RTO office for this free training in collaboration with other key stakeholders like Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) in Kilimanjaro region, MoCU and others for their support” Said Bendera.
Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Hamisi Issah said regular training provided to motorcycle riders (bodaboda) and three wheelers in the country had led to a reduction in accidents by more than half in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the same period last year.
"It is pleasing to note that the number of accidents recorded reduced by half in the first three months of 2018 compared to same period in 2018," said commander Issah.
The Kilimanjaro Police Boss appealed to motorcycle riders to obey road safety rules as well as having strong cooperation with his office to cut down crimes and criminals in the region.