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Taskforce Registers Essential Workers’ Vehicles to Reduce Congestion in Jinja City

The essential workers are being tasked to avail employment identity cards, details of the organizations they are attached too and number plates, before being cleared to access Jinja city central business area.
A traffic officer taking details from one of the essential workers.

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The Jinja city Covid-19 taskforce on Thursday embarked on the exercise of registering essential workers’ vehicles, as a means of enforcing the presidential ban on transport. 

The essential workers are being tasked to avail employment identity cards, details of the organizations they are attached too and number plates, before being cleared to access Jinja city central business area. 

The taskforce had registered at least 400 vehicles by 10:00am yet several others were still waiting in the long traffic que. 

They have since mounted several road blocks along the major routes connecting to Jinja city, which are being manned by both police and UPDF security personnel to ensure compliance of all drivers.

According to the Jinja resident city commissioner, David Matovu, vehicle owners, most of whom had forged movement permits were congesting the central business area as they abandon their cars, which are normally parked in the middle of the streets and hinder both service vans and cargo trucks from conveniently accessing their clients.

He adds that some essential workers were also illegally ferrying passengers, but with the current ongoing registration, it will be easy to regulate their activities.

Meanwhile, the Kiira central police commander, Mourice Niyonzima says that despite the current lockdown measures, Jinja city continues to register heavy traffic during rush hours and it is hard to ascertain whether all of them are cleared to drive these vehicles.

Niyonzima further says that the current exercise will help them to effectively execute their operations aimed at enforcing the presidential directives in the control of Covid-19.

//cue in: “every essential worker… 

//cue out…have expired documents,”. //

     

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