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Speed Governors, Licenses: Government Announces Tough Rules for Drivers after Deadly Kiryandongo Accident

MPs Blast Ugandans for Heartlessness During Accidents

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Uganda’s junior minister in charge of transport, Aggrey Bagiire, has outlined measures aimed at curbing road accidents days after 22 people perished in a Gaagaa bus accident in Kiryandongo district.

On Tuesday, government spokesperson told reporters at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala that “Government will continue doing evaluation on needs of the injured”.

Some of the injured are in Nsambya Hospital while others are at Mulago Hospital, noted Opondo.

Each family of the 22 Ugandans that died in the accident will get Shs 5m while the injured will get Shs 3m each.

Communicating cabinet decision on the matter, Opondo said cabinet has “approved that digital speed governors should be put in cars taking passengers on short and long journeys to ensure that the rampant road accidents are stopped”.

Drivers who are given licences should get training on how to transport passengers, cabinet further resolved.

“Regular training will also be undertaken because road accidents are becoming too many,” said Opondo.

“Inspections on cars being droven will also be done.”

In Parliament, minister Bagiire explained government’s efforts to reduce accidents.

Bagiire said government was working to amend the Traffic and Road Safety Act, the Roads Act and Access to Roads Act to ensure safety on the roads.

He added that government wants to introduce speed limiters that come with GPS trackers and recorders.

This, he explained, will give over speeding alerts and  “can notify the regulator of any tampering attempts to all Commercial vehicles”.

Licenses, Training of Drivers

Bagiire also said government  “will commence licensing of goods vehicles” in the next financial year.

“The licensing process will require vehicles to fulfill certain regulatory requirements including, inspection for road-worthiness.”

What other Measures did Bagiire Outline?

The Ministry will roll out the accreditation of drivers to include drivers of goods vehicles and all categories of omnibuses.The accreditation exercise involves vetting of drivers’ by reviewing their accident history, criminal record and eye tests among others.

We intend to introduce a graduated Driving Licence that will mandate drivers of commercial vehicles to undergo refresher course and training. This is provided for in the proposed amendment to the Traffic and Road Safety Act.

The Ministry plans to establish an Automated Driver Test Centre. The system will minimize human bias and allow learner drivers to undergo a rigorous testing to confirm their competences to drive before issuance of the driving permit.

MPs Blast Ugandans for Heartless Response During Accidents

The level of patriotism among Ugandans is so low. I found people scrambling for beer & not saving human life. I also saw govt police officials in their cars not helping to save a life. The minister responsible for this sector has a lot of work to do. Odonga Otto, Aruu County

It is shocking that when accidents happen, instead of helping the victims, some thugs actually kill them so that they take their belongings. Karooro Okurut, Bushenyi Woman

On other issues…

Govt brought a policy on road safety four years ago but they have never come here to tell us how it is being implemented. We have been to Israel where road signs are in three languages: English, Hebrew and Arabic. In Uganda, it is only in English.

How do you expect a driver who cant read English to know the road signs. Let us have other languages. Let us also translate the policy on road safety. Barbara Cecilia Atim Ogwal, Dokolo Woman MP

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