The angry cyclists on Thursday stormed the district headquarters demanding to meet Dan Kaguta, the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner. They accuse the officers for extorting 20,000 shillings to 100,000shillings when they commit traffic offences.
Lameck Kigozi, the Greater Masaka Deputy Region Police Commander, says some of those picked up were found with hooded jackets in violation of the ban announced by President, Yoweri Museveni that they are being used by criminals.
A plan released this morning by the Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander Norman Musinga shows that the run will affect traffic flow along Elgon terrace, Acacia Avenue, Kira road, Upper Kololo, Lugogo by pass Rotary Avenue, Mulago round about and Yusuf Lule among others.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the deaths resulted from three serious accidents and three minor accident cases in Kiryandongo section of the road.
According to a study done by the Police Directorate of traffic and Road safety over the last one year, there are three major causes of errors on the receipts which include; drivers altering the registrations numbers once they are given to sign, errors during computerised data entry and carelessness of a traffic officer writing the receipt.
Ben Kukundakwe, the Jinja district CPS traffic police commander, says that the operations are aimed at reducing the number of DMCs, which he claims to be the leading cause of accidents in the district.
Vehicle tyres have a six-year expiration date which begins from the day the tyre was manufactured. However, an assessment by the Inspector of Vehicles in Kampala shows that a number of vehicles in Kampala possess expired tyres.
Police has directed traffic police to stop and inspect commuter taxi heading up-country and if they find either the driver or any of the passengers are drunk and stop them from proceeding on their journey.
Road accidents claimed more than 3,000 people in 2012 according to the police report released on Tuesday. The report says another 13,137 people received permanent bodily deformities like loss of legs, arms as a result of road accidents, while 1,755 people received minor injuries.