Kampala, Uganda – In an effort to promote road safety on the roads and reduce injuries and fatalities from motorcycle accidents, Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) has donated safety equipment to 200 operators of boda boda.
The donation was among planned commitments as UBL marked Safety Awareness Week to promote the culture of safety among employees. Boda Boda cyclists received helmets and reflective jackets to ensure safety during their daily work.
According to the Uganda Police Annual Crime Report 2021, fatalities among motorcyclists and their passengers were 1,918, or 46% of all road traffic fatalities. The total number of road deaths nationwide was 4,159, an increase of 14% from 3,663 cases in 2020.
According to the United Nations Road Safety Performance Review, conducted by the United Nations Economic Commissions for Europe (UNECE) and Africa (ECA), the overall annual cost of road crashes is currently estimated at around UGX 4.4 trillion ($1.2 billion), or 5% of Uganda’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Speaking at the road safety awareness event, UBL Chief Executive Andrew Kilonzo said the road safety awareness event is in line with the “Society 2030” sustainability strategy. of UBL which charts the way for UBL to contribute to sustainable development.
“We view health and safety as a fundamental human right. UBL often finds ways to impact society by sharing our best practices, awareness and donating safety equipment,” Kilonzo said. .
Kilonzo added: “I am pleased that participants also took part in our ‘Wrong Side of The Road’ training which aims to tackle drink-driving by educating drivers about the potential risks. We believe this will significantly improve safety on our roads. .”
The Deputy Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Eng. David Luyimbazi said that in Kampala, at least one fatal accident occurs daily on the city’s road network.
In a bid to reduce the number of road accidents in Kampala, he said KCCA with the support of the government and international partners has put in place a Road Safety Strategy for 2021-2030 to reduce the number road accidents in the city by 50% by the year. 2030.
“With a reduction in road accidents, we will be able to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 11 which respectively aim to halve the number of deaths and injuries worldwide due to road accidents. road by 2030 and to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all,” said Luyimbazi.
Kilonzo commended KCCA for spearheading the development of policies, laws and regulations that promote road safety in Kampala. He asked Boda Boda cyclists to ensure that donated safety equipment is used correctly.
Eng David Luyimbazi – Deputy Executive Director – of the Kampala Capital City Authority also revealed that in December or January 2022, if they have reached the target of around 15,000 Boda bodas with driver’s license, “we will close the city”.
KCCA is currently evaluating Boda Boda runners who participated in the just-concluded census in order to be allowed to operate in the capital.
As a result, registrants would be trained, given a security code and jackets, and operated from official stages.