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140 Motorcycle Riders Fined for Violating Traffic Rules

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The Boda boda riders were intercepted on Tuesday morning after they were caught riding without helmets, permits and insurance contrary to the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998.
20 Aug 2019 17:31
A traffic officer sensitizing the motorcycle owners at Gulu Central Police Station -Photo by Jesse Johnson James
One hundred forty (140) motorcycle riders in Gulu town have been fined for violating traffic regulation. 

The Boda boda riders were intercepted on Tuesday morning after they were caught riding without helmets, permits and insurance contrary to the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998.

Police impounded the motorcycles for the affected riders and packed them at Gulu Central police Station awaiting their owners to collect them upon paying the fines levied on them.  

Edwin Ayebare, the Officer in Charge of Traffic in Gulu District told URN, each the riders would be fined Shillings 40,000 for each offense. He also disclosed that the operation shall continue for as long as riders fail to abide by traffic rules.

  Ronald Opiyo, one of the riders whose motorcycle registration number UEG 921E was impounded told URN he was found riding without a helmet, which he had left at home.  

  Opiyo, who looked so confused at the time of interview, revealed that police asked for

his permit but he didn’t have it on him.

 

James Ochola, another Boda Boda rider told URN that police stopped him for riding without a helmet and riding permit.

 

Another rider who preferred anonymity told URN that the traffic operation is geared towards extorting money from them since they are not clear on the specific offences they fining the riders for.

Boda boda motorcycles are the leading means of transport in Gulu. There are over 8,000 registered riders under Gulu District Boda Boda Association and countless unregistered riders.