INFLUENCE OF EFFECTIVE DUTY FREE MOTORCYCLES TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN NAIROBI COUNTY, KENYA
Joel M. Nkubitu
Masters student: JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
Winifred N Karugu,PhD
JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
CITATION: Nkubitu, J. M., & Karugu, W. N (2015),Influence of Effective Duty Free Motorycles to Socio-Economic Empowerment in Nairobi County, Kenya. European Journal of Business Management, 2 (6), 12-26.
Transport is an important element in development and it affords the social, economic and political interaction that most people take for granted. The provision of transport infrastructure has grown extensively across the globe through a range of networks of modes which have undergone technological improvements cutting across the motive power, the tracks and the means that serve as compartment for passengers and goods. In developing countries, motorcycles operations are the most essential and effective means of transport in daily life and overall livelihood. This study examined the influence of duty free motor cycle’s operations in the informal sector in enhancing socio-economic empowerment in Nairobi County, Kenya. A descriptive research design was used in this study. The target population of this study comprised of the 1500 owners and operators of the commercial motorcycles operations in Nairobi County. The samples size of this study was 150 respondents. The researcher collected primary data from motorcycle operators and owners from their work stations. Primary Data was collected using a structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics such as the mean score, frequencies and percentages for each variable were calculated. The mean score for each attribute was calculated and the standard deviation used to interpret the respondents deviation from the mean. Data analysis was done with the help of the statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS version 20).The study concluded that income generation, improved living standards, service delivery and regulatory measures/policies positively influence socio-economic empowerment in Nairobi County. The study concludes that Motor cycle industry provides a range of opportunities including employment to motorcycle mechanics and motorcycle spare parts dealers, local revenue generating sources through taxes/levies on motorcycle owners/riders as well as motorcycle registration and licensing. As a medium between this two structures duty free motor cycles, has potentially emerged as a tool for enhancing socio-economic empowerment in Kenya particularly in the urban areas.
Keywords: Transport, socio-economic empowerment, motorcycles and commercial.