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Boda boda operators given 14 days to remove improvised noisy exhaust systems

KNA   Boda boda operators in Nakuru County have fourteen days to remove improvised exhaust systems and amplifying devices that produce deafening noise whenever the motorcycles are accelerated.

Chief Officer, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Mr Kiogora Murithi said the directive also applies to individuals who own motorbikes but do not use them for commercial purposes, adding that enforcement officers would begin a crackdown on all vessels whose exhaust systems have been modified once the notice lapses.

“The Environment, Management and Coordination Pollution Control Regulations provide that no person shall operate a motor vessel which produces loud and unusual noise and exceeds 84 decibels when accelerating.

Those who will flout these regulations risk arrest and prosecution for noise pollution,” reads part of the public notice dated July 7 that was issued Wednesday morning.

Addressing the press separately, Kiogora said the County administration would work closely with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and security officers to arrest anyone defying the directive.

Speaking in his office, the Chief Officer said the calibrated exhaust pipes were not only a nuisance but had led to reduced business as potential clients avoided noisy boda bodas.

 “We have witnessed hospitals, government offices and businesses such as shopping malls banning Boda boda operators from their premises due to the irritating noise. We will enforce the law to curb this annoyance permanently,” Mr Kiogora pointed out.

 He urged the operators register on the government busyboda.co.ke platform where they enter their personal details for ease in tracking their movements, easy traceability in case of motorcycle theft and linking them to potential clients.

The platform can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store.

 He said with the App, operators will be able to work from anywhere and not necessarily from their designated picking points.

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