Thursday August 21 2014

Check points reinstated on bus routes

By Farahani Mukisa

The police traffic department has reinstated check points on all upcountry routes in an effort to prevent escalating road accidents, mostly involving passenger buses.

The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango, said the check points are aimed at checking on speeding cars and heavy trucks.
“The check points were waived a few months ago after bus drivers started complying with the road traffic rules. Drivers and passengers had also started complaining that the check points were inconveniencing their journeys,” Mr Onyango said in an interview yesterday.

“But it seems bus drivers are repeating the earlier mistakes, thus we have reinstated them [check points] permanently,” he added.
The development comes after seven people were killed in a road accident in Nakasongola District on Monday involving KK travellers and Gaga buses plying Kampala-Arua route.

Mr Onyango said bus drivers will only be restricted to a one route drive effective next Tuesday.
“Whoever is found driving two routes in a day will face the strong arm of the law,” Mr Onyango said.
Mr Onyango also said the police have intensified their divisional weekly road inspections of vehicles with dangerous mechanical condition, especially in Kampala.

Jinja Road Police Station yesterday had numerous vehicles parked without number plates.
The owners are required to repair them before they are allowed on the road again.

Patrol intensified
The police director traffic and road safety, Mr Steven Kasiima, told journalists on Tuesday that they had started immediate road patrols on all highway routes to crackdown on vehicles in poor mechanical condition. He said drivers found driving a distance beyond 300km a day, and those found operating without badges will be arrested.