Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago says that city authorities are now struggling to change structural designs of roads to accommodate different road users to guarantee safety but even then, the pedestrian lanes so far put in place are being abused.
Brig Ronald Bigirwa, the Commandant of the UPDF Service Brigade made the appeal while presiding over the graduation of 50 drivers and 52 store men at the UPDF School of Supply and Transport-SOST in Jinja district on Friday.
The decision followed public uproar in the wake of an accident involving one bus registration number UBB 195N that collided with a Tipper in Kayabwe town along the Kampala-Masaka Highway. The accident claimed two lives and left 20 others with injuries.
The campaign dubbed 'No Accident' was launched by Taxi Drivers under the Kampala-Gulu Taxi Operators' Association today. The umbrella brings together more than 600 operators, among them conductors and drivers from the areas of Bwaise, Matugga, Bombo, Wobulenzi, Luweero, Nakasongola, Masindi and Kigumba, among others.
According to Mwonda, they are about to sign a new output and performance road based contract on the north eastern road corridor of 350km from Soroti to Kamdini that will include strict measures on safety.
Robert Kalumba, the Communications and Media Relations Officer at KCCA said that he was part of a committee put up in 2014 to work on streamlining boda bodas in the city, but that the city authority was frustrated. He said political and city interests took centre stage and it became difficult for KCCA to do its work.
The incident occurred at Kiwangala trading centre in Lwengo district last evening when a Kampala-bound truck Reg. No. UAN-324F loaded tons of eucalyptus poles lost control and swerved off the road. Eyewitnesses say the truck hit another vehicle Reg. No. UAE-456Z, before shattering the restaurant.
The Uganda Highway code instructs that vehicles should have child locks, safety belts, child restraints and children should not be put front seats while traveling. At the same time it is mandatory to check beneath the car and inside before one starts off.
According to a traffic report on the boda boda industry, in January to June 2012, over 290 boda boda riders and 190 passengers died from traffic crashes, the number of pedestrians that were killed in the same period was not recorded.