Logistics platform Sendy on Saturday April 13, 2019, held a major event bringing together over 1,000 drivers on their platform at the Nairobi Show Ground. The event was meant to celebrate and award truck and motorcycle drivers for the hard work done through the platform over the years. It also provided an opportunity for Sendy to continue its engagement with the drivers ahead of safety and compliance deadline for bodaboda riders by the ministry of transport.
Drivers who have shown dedication over the years and remained complaint of safety rules, were recognized by Sendy Founder and CEO Meshack Alloys during the event. They also had an opportunity to engage with various Partners that Sendy has partnered with such as Hino, Galana oil and various vehicle servicing companies to provide services to their drivers.
(TOP: A Sendy boda boda rider).
Speaking at the event, Meshack Alloys said that recognizing their drivers and engaging them is part of the many initiatives they are doing to ensure that their drivers are in the know of company’s mission, vision and future plans. He noted that safety is key in ensuring that the logistics sector is formalized, being part of the reason he started Sendy.
“Our drivers are the backbone of Sendy. Recognizing their hard work is therefore very important to us. Through this event, we will be awarding our hardworking and dedicated drivers as well us reiterating need for them to comply with safety rules ahead of the May 2019 deadline. We fully support the government’s initiative to ensure bodaboda riders adhere to safety rules. We will seek to educate and ensure that our drivers remain compliant,” said Meshack Alloys.
This event follows a directive and extension by the government to ensure all boda bodas to get training, licences, and protective gear in a bid to reduce carnage on Kenyan roads.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho said the operators will be required to be compliant from May 1, 2019.
For one to qualify as a Partner on Sendy, they need to have a valid driving licence, certificate of good conduct and national identity card and a logbook. They will also be required to undergo a rigorous on-boarding session. They will then be logged in on the Sendy Partner app and allowed to make deliveries on the platform. Sendy also provides insurance cover of all items transported through its platform while in transit.
Recently, Sendy partnered with Yamaha to train its motorcycle drivers on safety measures when driving motorcycles. This came at a time when motorcycle accidents has been on the rise in Kenya with 18% of fatalities being caused by motorcycles, according to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) report released in 2017.