Bolt, the leading on-demand transportation platform in Europe and Africa, has engaged The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to train motorists on its platform on road safety.
Bolt has more than 25 million users in over 30 countries globally and its services range from ride-hailing to micro-mobility and food delivery. Founded by Markus Villig, Bolt launched in 2013 and is one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa with investors including Daimler, Didi Chuxing, Korelya Capital and TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus.
After recently expanding into Tanzania to cover more cities in its pan-African expansion move, here in Kenya, the engagement with NTSA is part of Bolt’s broader strategy of ensuring high road safety standards and compliance with public transport regulations by the motorists using its platform.
The training was conducted at Bolt Nairobi office as part of a Monthly Driver Focus Group that educates the driver-partners on Bolt’s road safety policies. It involved the implementation of a number of proven measures that address not only the safety of the road user but also vehicle safety, the road environment, and post-crash care.
“Our ride-hailing business is built on efficiency so that we could offer our drivers and passengers the best deal on the market. We are working every day to ensure the driver-partners are safe and are providing innocuous services to passengers. This training is meant to build capacity and ensure the provision of safe, reliable and efficient road transport services.“Ola Akinnusi, Country manager for Bolt Kenya.
This comes as the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) officers and Nation Police Service (NPS) are set to commence a road safety awareness campaign on major roads meant to contain the rising road carnage. In the performance of its functions, the Authority is mandated to among others, facilitate the education of members of the public on road safety, conduct research, and audits on road safety.
The training stems just a few days to customer service week celebrations and aims at equipping motorists with necessary skills relating to road transport and safety regulations.