Asuman Kaaya the Secretary of Luweero Town Council Taxi Management Association says that there are over 260 taxis operating from Luweero to Kampala city but none have acquired route charts to ply on the road.
passengers have been left stranded after 260 taxis operating along
the Luweero – Kampala road failed to resume operations on Thursday
On Monday, President Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni allowed taxis and buses to resume
operations on Thursday following an earlier ban on public transport as a
measure to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID 19).
buses and taxis are supposed to carry half the number of passengers
they carried before COVID-19 and observe the Standard 0peration Procedures
issued by Ministry of Health.
Kampala City Council Authority
- KCCA also ordered all taxi operators to report to KCCA to be assigned the
parks/stages and routes where they will be operating.
all taxis that operate along Luweero-Kampala road have today remained
grounded after drivers failed to obtain the mandatory temporary route
charts from KCCA.
Asuman Kaaya, the Secretary of Luweero Town Council Taxi
Management Association says that none of the over 260 taxis operating from Luweero
to Kampala city on a daily basis have acquired temporary route charts to ply on the road.
explains that the taxi drivers had no means of
transport to travel to Kampala during the lockdown for registration and
the few who went there failed because of the big numbers. He says that
taxis have remained parked as taxi
drivers continue to secure the route charts.
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Tony Lubega, a Taxi driver at Luweero taxi park asked
authorities in KCCA and Ministry of Works and Transport to allow
upcountry town councils carryout the registration so that the exercise is faster.
Peter Gambalagala, another taxi driver has advised passengers
to stay their travel plans for a week till the taxis are registered.
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Traffic Policemen have been deployed at Kawempe to impound all
the taxis that enter Kampala city from Luweero and other towns along Kampala – Gulu highway
which don’t have temporary route charts.
people taxi parks who wanted to return to Kampala city and beyond to
resume work after easing of the lockdown are still stranded in Luweero
Dennis Kunya from Kyebigulu village in Nakaseke boarded a
taxi from Ngoma town heading to Kampala city before connecting to Kamuli to
resume work after the COVID-19 lockdown. However Kunya stopped at the Luweero town taxi park
and failed to get a taxi to travel to Kampala.
Kunya says that he has waited several for hours for another taxi to connect to Kampala, but in vain.
Ssenyonga, another resident was traveling to Kampala
city and later connect to Jinja municipality to resume operations but
also stranded in Luweero. Ssenyonga adds that the few taxis that had
offered to transport him tripled the cost from 5000 to 20,000 shillings
per passenger from
Luweero to Kampala city and yet they don’t go beyond Kawempe
because they have not been cleared by KCCA.
Bridget Kyaweza, a midwife in Nakaseke applied for leave
to travel to Mulago hospital to check on a relative who is hospitalized there but
was found stuck in Luweero taxi park over lack of taxis.
The passengers have now appealed to KCCA and Ministry of Transport to speed up the process of registration.
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passengers have decided to line along the road to plead with private
cars to transport them, but these charge above 20,000 shillings per
passenger to Kampala city.Some have also decided to board motorycles which charge above 25,000 shillings per person.
plying Kampala to Luweero town are registered to ply route number 121C
from Namayiba taxi park. The Taxis are supposed to follow the route from
Martin rd, Nsalo, Sir. Apollo Kaggwa Road, Bombo, Wobulenzi and Luweero.
Benny Namugwanya, the State Minister for KCCA Affairs was
quoted yesterday saying no taxi should be allowed to access the city without
the route charts as a move to regulate public transport.