Motorcycle Taxis in the Rural Context in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Motorcycle Taxis in the Rural Context in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
This took place on 6th of April 2017 at 09:00 AM GMT.

In many countries motorcycles and motorcycle taxis (often called boda bodas) are the most common vehicles and may account for 75% of passenger and freight transport on Low Volume Rural Roads. Now is exactly the right time to be discussing how boda bodas can be a positive enabler for social change as well as recognising and trying to mitigate against safety concerns.

The use of motorcycle taxis in rural Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia has rapidly increased in recent years. In areas where reliable transport has traditionally been difficult to access, motorcycle taxis offer a flexible, accessible, and door to door service. Being able to use motorcycle taxis in such a way is a positive development for many sub-Saharan and South Asian communities, however, with this increased ease of access and number of vehicles comes safety concerns. Motorcycles are widely recognized to be a potential threat to both the rider and passenger’s safety, and as the number of motorcycle taxis rises, questions around safety and regulation have been asked.

During this free webinar we heard about the transformational role that motorcycle taxis can play in helping people in rural areas access health care services. We learnt about innovations and how technology such as apps are changing the way people access motorcycle taxis. A panel discussion was followed by a question and answer session open to all.

Speakers included:

Leo Ngowi, the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority in Tanzania

Dr. Elizabeth Ekirapa Kiracho, Makerere University in Uganda

Felix Wilhelm Siebert, the Technical University of Berlin

Caroline Barber, Head of Programmes, Transaid (Moderator)


To listen to the recording of the webinar please click here

To access presentations delivered during the webinar please click here

To access the French version of presentations please click here

To access the Study on Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2016 Myanmar please here

To access Powered Two- and Three-wheeler safety. A road safety manual for decision makers and practitioners please click here

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* The Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) is a six-year programme of applied research and knowledge dissemination funded by a grant from the UK Government through the Department for International Development (DfID). The overall aim is to promote safe and sustainable rural access in Africa and Asia through research and knowledge sharing between participating countries and the wider community.