Gov't to Phase Out Petrol Motorcycles in Push for Electric Alternatives

Gov't to Phase Out Petrol Motorcycles in Push for Electric Alternatives

government has announced plans to phase out petrol-powered motorcycles in favor of electric bikes.

This initiative, part of a broader effort to reduce the nation's carbon footprint, was unveiled by State Minister for Kampala, Christopher Kyofatogabye, at an event in Ndeeba, Rubaga Division.

During the launch of the Honda 110 Club partnership scheme—an alliance involving the Bodaboda Chairperson, riders, and Honda Company—Minister Kyofatogabye highlighted Kampala's alarming air pollution levels.

According to a 2023 report, the city ranks fifth among the top ten most air-polluted cities in Africa, with an average annual pollution level of 26.1 micrograms per cubic meter, far exceeding the global recommended level of 5 micrograms per cubic meter.

To address this urgent issue, the government has commissioned the Ministry of Science to conduct a pilot study on integrating electric motorcycles into the transport system, particularly targeting the bodaboda industry.

This study is crucial to ensure a seamless transition that safeguards the livelihoods of those dependent on this sector.

Maria Namusoke Kamoga, Managing Director of Honda Company in Uganda, detailed the multifaceted benefits of the new partnership.

"The initiative is designed not only to provide motorcycles on loan but also to offer health insurance schemes and additional support for riders," she said.

"Our goal is to protect both the environment and the people working within the bodaboda industry."

Rubaga Mayor, Mbeeraze Mawula, echoed the need for careful consideration of the sector's dynamics. He urged the government to avoid reducing bodaboda stages, as such a move could adversely affect the significant number of youths relying on this industry for their livelihoods.