Drivers have asked to be included in the insurance policies to benefit from compensation in case of accidents.
Under Uganda Bus Drivers’ Association (UBDA), the motorists say the transport sector is poorly insured because the policies only compensate cars leaving out the drivers, conductors and turnmen.
“After an accident has occurred, bus owners are compensated leaving families of people who operate buses. Most of our people have sustained injuries and others died but without any consideration for pay,” said Mr Yunus Kiggundu, the UBDA chairman.
Speaking at the launch of the Funeral Service policy, a product of Liberty Life Insurance Uganda Limited in Kampala, Mr Kiggundu described the initiative as a welcome move to benefit more than 350 members and other motorists in terms of providing decent sendoffs.
Mr Ibrahim Kaddunabbi Lubega, the Executive Director of the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA), said it is the duty of employers to buy a workers’ compensation policy for their employees as an intervention in time of accident.
He said discussions are ongoing with insurers to look into means of considering drivers and other motorists for pay.
Mr Joe Almeida, the managing director of Liberty Life Insurance, said the initiative seeks to help the service providers in the transport industry to prepare for the difficult times.