By Vision reporter
The Ministry of Works and Transport has unveiled a new set of offences and instant fines enforceable under the Express Penalty Scheme (EPS).
The EPS, popularly known as the on-spot-fine, was introduced by the works ministry in 2002 under the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998.
Under the scheme, a person who commits a minor traffic offence is not taken to court, but is fined.
Accordingly, the scheme, unveiled by the senior commissioner of traffic, Dr. Stephen Kasiima at the Police headquarters in Kampala over the weekend, takes effect from May 15.
In light of public complaints of the mass crackdown on drink driving, the scheme states that motorists found driving any kind of vehicle under the influence of alcohol shall be fined sh200,000.
Kasiima warned that the Police is in the final stages of computerising the scheme to ensure that suspects are easily trailed across the county and subsequently held liable.
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Police introduces tough traffic penalties