Boda boda operators have vowed to oppose the government’s proposal for a comprehensive insurance for each boda boda operator.
The operators through their association Bodaboda safety association of Kenya have instead given the government two conditions within which they must meet before they comply with proposal.
Through their chairman Kevin Mubadi, the association first wants the government to ensure that payment period does not go beyond one month and that it should be put in the law.
Mubadi explains that payment of claims has always been delayed by insurers because they take advantage of vulnerable riders.
“The payment of claims is really delayed for almost two years and even others don’t pay completely because they take advantage of vulnerable riders,” he stated.
The other condition that the operators have given is for the government to ensure that the insurance premiums go down as riders do not have much money to afford the expensive covers.
“We wish to invite relevant government body to have a discussion with us and have a better way of achieving mutual benefit,” he further stated.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary yesterday proposed that all Boda boda and Tuk Tuk operators in the country take insurance cover for passengers and pedestrians.
Rotich argued that the proposal will help mitigate the high number of accidents whose victims are mostly from the low income members of the society.