Tanzania: Firms partner for bikers’ medical insurance scheme

Commuter motorcyclists known as ‘Bodaboda’ can now access medical services in case of injuries sustained from road accidents, through special service offered by Vodacom Tanzania in partnership with Alternative Solutions.

A total of 750 bikers from Temeke, Ilala and Kinondoni districts were the first to benefit from the scheme effective yesterday, when the service was launched.

During the launch at the Tanzania Cigarette Company (TCC) grounds in Chang’ombe, Temeke District - Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Saidi Mecki Sadiki, handed over kits to 350 ‘Bodaboda’ riders.

Apart from the insurance, more than 350 motorcyclists from Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke districts received uniform kits consisting of bibs and helmets from Vodacom to distinguish them by districts.

The bikers would be required to wear the uniforms at all times for the purpose of displaying identification numbers.

The cyclists can only become eligible for the kit and the insurance cover once they provide proof of membership in their respective unions, as well as evidence of fulfilling all the rules and regulations set by relevant authorities in their district.

Specifically, the innovative campaign was designed to address the significant increase in road accidents by ‘Bodaboda’ cyclists and the rise in crime levels carried out using the vehicles. Alternative Communication’s Director Edward Mgaya said,

“The insurance cover we offer will give access to medical services in case of injuries sustained from accidents or compensate their families in case of death.

“The monthly premium is 3,000/- whereby the cyclist contributes 1,000/- out of the premium while the rest we be subsidised.”

He added that for the motorcyclists to access compensation, it is mandatory for them to have been fully kitted out in the provided uniforms during the time of the accident.

Vodacom Tanzania’s Chief Executive Officer, Rene Meza said, “We continue to work with various stakeholders to educate them on road safety.

“The partnership with Alternative Communication is a great initiative that will help significantly reduce accidents involving ‘bodabodas’,” he said.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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