Taxi drivers from different districts in the Busoga sub-region on Monday
protested the new traffic guidelines that require them to pay fines instantly.
Last month, the Police launched an electronic Express Penalty
System-EPS for errant drivers.
According to Dr Steven Kasiima, the Director of Traffic Uganda Police Force,
the system will help to reduce the number of drivers dodging the payment of
penalties. The system has functions, which include identifying the
offender, tracking vehicles with pending penalties, reading vehicle number
plates and driving permit details and outstanding penalties as well as a
angry drivers blocked major highways mainly the Iganga-Mbale, Jinja-Kamuli
highway which slowed traffic.
The drivers staged roadblocks within Bugembe town council, Iganga municipal
council roundabout, Nakalama, and Busembatya trading centre, Mafubira, Namulesa, Buwenge, Kasambira, and Kiloba.
Passengers remained stranded on the side of the roads as no taxi was allowed to
Drivers, however, turned chaotic and started pelting stones to
drivers and motorists who defied their protests, prompting police intervention.
Alamanzani Kakaire, a driver from Namutumba district, argues that,
ever since the new system of paying fines through mobile money was introduced, traffic officers within their district have not laboured to
sensitize them on the new development, but rather arrest the drivers who lack
money to pay the fines instantly.
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Ben Kikudu, a driver who operates in Iganga and Mbale says that the fines
are meant to be paid by vehicle owners and not drivers as stipulated in the new
Kikudu adds that drivers are not given time to negotiate their way out with the
owners of the taxis.
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Suuta Kidandadali, the vice chairperson of taxi operators Jinja district
says that the new system warrants them to pay fines of vehicles which they no
Kidandadali stresses that some fines attached to their permits
have accumulated in millions and drivers are not in position to pay them.
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The Jinja RDC, Eric
Sakwa, says that he will ensure that the police increases sensitization of drivers on the various provisions of the newly introduced traffic
guidelines so as to create harmony within the transport industry.