Motorcycle taxi programme is associated with reduced risk of road traffic crash among motorcycle taxi drivers in Kampala, Uganda

Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2019 Sep;26(3):294-301. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2019.1594952. Epub 2019 Jun 10.


SafeBoda is a transportation company that provides road safety training and helmets to its motorcycle taxi drivers in Kampala. We sought to determine whether risk of road traffic crash (RTC) was lower in SafeBoda compared to regular (non-SafeBoda) motorcycle taxi drivers during a 6-month follow-up period. We collected participant demographic and behavioural data at baseline using computer-assisted personal interview, and occurrence of RTC every 2 months using text messaging and telephone interview from a cohort of 342 drivers. There were 85 crashes (31 in SafeBoda and 54 in regular drivers) during follow-up. Over the 6-month follow-up period, SafeBoda drivers were 39% less likely to be involved in a RTC than regular drivers after adjusting for age, possession of a driver's license, and education (RR: 0.61, 95% CI: 0.39-0.97, p = .04). These findings suggest that the SafeBoda programme results in safer driving and fewer RTCs among motorcycle taxi drivers in Kampala.

Keywords: boda-boda; crash; injury; road safety.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
  • Adult
  • Head Protective Devices / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Motorcycles / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Uganda / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology