Factors Associated with High Levels of Accidents by Motorcycle Taxi Drivers

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Factors associated with high levels of accidents by Motorcycle taxi drivers

Godwin Asiimwe
Bachelor of Statistics, Msc. Statistics
(Makerere University)
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Management Science
Makerere University Business School

Mbaga Tuzinde
Bsc. Quantitative Economics, Msc. Quantitative Economics
(Makerere University)
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Management Science
Makerere University Business School

Humphrey Anjoga
Bsc. Business Computing, Msc. Information Technology Management (Makerere University)
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Business Computing
Makerere University Business School

September, 2008
Abstract
The escalating number of boda-boda related accidents according to the recent reports from police, has posed an immense mystery to the concerned authorities. While Kisaalita, W, Sentongo, J. (2007) viewed the development of motorcycle taxi (boda-boda) service as a spontaneous entrepreneurial response, parallel to that is their safety concern.

The purpose of this paper is to identify major causes of accidents by the boda boda riders and hence provide plausible remedies to the problem.

Methodology: A survey was taken in the 3 city suburbs of Kampala (Kawempe, and Kasubi, Kisenyi) using simple random sampling technique. A sample of 120 operators was selected and a well structured questionnaire administered to them. Logistic regression analyses were used to obtain adjusted odds ratio estimates for each of the operator related factors considered for this study.

Findings: Of the 120 motorcycle operators that were interviewed, 66% of them had been involved in accidents before, 56% had a ridding permit, and 43% owned their own motorcycles, while only 65% lived with their families in Kampala. From the application of the logit models, it emerges that the most important variables contributing to risks of accidents by boda boda operators were motorcycle ownership, family location, experience, age and ownership of a permit.

Conclusion and Recommendations: The study demonstrates how crucial boda boda ownership and age difference are to risks of accidents, suggesting interventions into sensitization as well as helping boda boda riders to acquire their own boda bodas.

Key words: Motorcyclist demographics, ownership, risk of accidents, and logistic model. Literature
When Cities develop, traffic also develop hand-in-hand the same forces that draw inhabitants to assemble in large urban areas also lead to sometimes intolerable levels of traffic congestion on urban streets.(JTRC, 2007) For Uganda’s case, the population of Kampala has been on the increase from 2,850 in 1912, 24,100 in 1948 to 458,503 by 1980, 774,241 in 1991 and 1,208,544 in 2002 at average annual growth rates ranging from 3.14% to 5.61% (UBOS, 2002). This population increase has given birth to the current crisis of transport management that is believed to not only delay activities with the city but also pose risk of death to many lives thereby destroying humanity (Wegener 2001; Lwasa 2002).

One of Uganda’s common means of transport is the motorcycle taxi (boda boda) which provides quick flexible and an inexpensive way to travelers of the low income status. According to Malmberg (1994), Boda boda services are known to have originated from Busia County of Tororo District in Eastern Uganda in the mid-1960s during the time of rampant black market and smuggling along the Uganda Kenya boarder. Boda bodas then were used to ease the smuggling from boarder to boarder hence the name boda boda.

The escalating number of boda-boda related accidents according to the recent reports from police, has remained a big puzzle to the concerned authorities. While Kisaalita and Sentongo (2007) viewed the development of motorcycle taxi (boda-boda) service as a spontaneous entrepreneurial response, parallel to that is their safety concern. In this study we will focus on motorcycles (boda boda) since they are the commonly used...
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