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Hundreds Stranded as 260 Taxis Fail to Resume Operations in Luweero

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.
Some of passengers stuck in Luweero Taxi Park. They were heading to Kampala city

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Several passengers have been left stranded after 260 taxis operating along the Luweero – Kampala road failed to resume operations on Thursday morning.

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).

The 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.

However, 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.

Kaaya 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.

Hundreds of 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 taxi parks.

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.

Ayasi Ssenyonga, another resident was traveling to Kampala city and later connect to Jinja municipality to resume operations but was 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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Other 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.

Taxis 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 Mackay rd, 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.