, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – The Nairobi County Government has banned motorcycle operators from ferrying passengers to and from the Central Business District (CBD).
In a statement, County Secretary Gregory Mwakanongo stated that the ban takes effect immediately and any operator and passenger found contravening the law will be arrested.
“Pursuant to the provisions of the Traffic Act CAP 403 of 2014 of the Laws of the Republic of Kenya, the Nairobi City County Government wishes to inform all motorcycle (boda boda) operators ferrying passengers to and from the Central Business District (CBD) that such activities have been banned with immediate effect,” he stated.
“Any operator and passenger found contravening this law will be arrested for an offence punishable by hefty fines and long jail terms as provided for in the Traffic Act of 2014.”
He however pointed out that that motorcycles ferrying goods have been exempted from the directive.
He stated that no parking slots have been designated for them within the CBD.
The motorcycle taxis often operate within the city centre and ferry passengers from peripheral termini to the city centre.
They charge between Sh50 and Sh100 for a ride within the city, compared to taxis which cost a minimum of Sh200.
Among the points the motorbikes are operating from include Harambee Lane next to Times Tower, Tuskys Imara along Tom Mboya street and Muthurwa market.
According to the County Government, there is no provision to regulate the operation of boda bodas within the CBD.
Nairobi city zoning regulations show that the Central Business District includes the areas bound by Tom Mboya Street, Uhuru Highway, Haile Selassie Avenue and University Way.