According to traffic police records for the last four years, at least 2,634 pedestrians and cyclists are killed on Ugandan roads each year.
An examination of road fatalities between 2016 and 2019 reveals that 10,537 pedestrians and riders were killed on city streets, highways, and village roads. Driver fatigue is listed as a leading cause of these accidents.
To prevent traffic crashes and deaths in Uganda, Bolt Uganda has added a 12-hour time cap for drivers on the ride-hailing platform and the working time limit is in place to ensure that drivers arrive for trips energised and rejuvenated.
According to the officials who talked to the Nile Post, the restriction on the number of hours also allows drivers to prioritise other engagements such as family needs, recreational, educational, and entrepreneurial activities.
Bolt is the leading European mobility platform that’s focused on making urban travel more affordable, convenient and responsible.
It has more than 50 million customers in over 40 countries across Europe and Africa and its services range from ride-hailing to micro mobility with e-scooters and electric bikes to food and package delivery.
The operations manager at Bolt Uganda, Moses Mugerwa said starting this month, after spending up to 12 hours of driving with Bolt, the app will notify the driver to take a 6 hour break.
He said the restrictions are meant to prevent accidents caused by drowsy driving and are already in place in some countries.
“The app helps you to keep track of your time and make roads safer for both drivers and riders. They based this feature on expert guidelines that show that driving for long periods of time without taking a break increases the risk of an accident on the road,” Mugerwa said.