Feature: Motorcycles transform rural transportation in Zambia-Xinhua

Feature: Motorcycles transform rural transportation in Zambia

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-06-02 00:35:45

LUSAKA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Motorbikes have become increasingly popular in recent years as a means of transportation in Zambia, particularly in the country's rural areas.

One of the reasons for the growing popularity of motorcycles in rural Zambia is that they can transport people and goods to places where roads are either inaccessible or non-existent.

The other reason is affordability. Compared to traditional motor vehicles, motorcycles are much more cost-effective to purchase and maintain. This makes them a practical option for people in villages and small towns who may not have the financial means to invest in a car or light truck.

"I bought my motorcycle for 20,000 Zambian kwacha (about 776 U.S. dollars). One needs not less than 65,000 kwacha to buy a good small second-hand car," said Peter Ngulube, 45, from Chongwe District.

Ngulube further explained that in addition to being affordable, motorcycles offer the advantage of traveling to hard-to-reach areas where conventional vehicles may struggle.

"This makes them an essential mode of transportation for a farmer like me who needs to access remote markets or transport goods across challenging terrain," he added.

The impact of motorcycles in rural communities is evident. For many residents, motorcycles have become an integral part of their daily lives, helping them to access essential services.

Beatrice Mwango, 38, a homemaker from Kafue District, testified to the importance of having access to a motorcycle.

"Before my family bought a motorcycle, it was a challenge to access health services, especially during the rainy season when the roads became impassable. For my household, that challenge has been overcome," said Mwango.

Dalitso Tembo, 29, who uses his motorcycle as a taxi in Chibombo District to ferry people and goods from the inland to the roadside and back, revealed that having a motorcycle has enabled him to have a stable source of income.

He charges half the price of an ordinary taxi, which has seen more customers than his peers using small cars as taxis. "Business is good. I am in the process of buying another motorcycle that will also be used as a taxi. I plan to have at least five motorcycles in the next two years and provide employment to young people," said the enthusiastic youth.

The rise of motorcycles as the preferred mode of transportation among rural Zambians reflects the practical need for affordable, versatile and accessible transportation. As these vehicles continue to play a critical role in connecting remote communities and promoting economic opportunities, their importance will likely grow.