By Darious Magara
The acting director of traffic and road safety directorate of Police, Dr. Steven Kasiima, has directed that bus drivers will not be allowed to drive over 300km a day.
Kasiima also stressed that drivers who make return journeys and drive long distances than the recommended ones have end up getting tired and cause accidents.
Addressing journalists on Tuesday at the Media Centre in Kampala, the traffic boss also said bus drivers must wear badges that will be re-introduced.
“Traffic police will step up its patrols on all highway routes and will arrest bus drivers that will be found working without badges and those driving beyond the 300km distance a day,” he added.
Ag commissioner traffic and road safety directorate Steven Kasiima (2nd left) shares a light moment with journalists after addressing the press conference Extreme left is Lawrence Nawabiine.
Commenting on the ongoing assessment and tests of bus drivers, Kasiima said out of 1000 assessed, 200 of them failed the driving test.
He said that those who will fail the test will not be issued badges and cannot drive on the Ugandan roads.
Kasiima’s statement was in response to a bus carnage involving Gaagaa and KK travellers buses plying the Kampala- Arua route in which seven people died on Monday.
The two buses that were reportedly over speeding collided at Wabigalo in Nakasongola injuring other Nineteen.
He said the directorate last year reduced accidents by 57% due to vigilance and will step it up. But the traffic boss blamed passengers for failing to cooperate with traffic officers in fighting road carnage.
“Some passengers complain when we stop buses to inspect them; they think we are wasting time, we shall mount abrupt checks and drivers and buses that will be found wanting in regard to traffic laws will be stopped from operating,” Kasiima warned.
Kasiima called upon passengers to report reckless drivers and also not to disturb traffic police officers in the course of executing their duties.
The traffic boss said the drivers of the two buses will face several counts of charges multiplying them with the number of victims and will be charged for causing death and driving recklessly.
Commenting on the increasing number of accidents on the Northern by pass, he said they will recommend that the Uganda Road Authority builds humps at death spots on the road to tame speed.
Kasiima, who was in company of the Kampala traffic boss Lawrence Niwabine, praised Kampala Capital City Authority for making road pavements for pedestrians in the city and appealed to leaders of other towns and cities in the country to emulate them.
On boda bodas, Kasiima said they have to carry two helmets; one for the rider and another for the passenger, otherwise the riders face arrest.
Niwabine decried indiscipline of drivers in the city especially boda riders but blamed it on poor infrastructure. He however added, that the fight against indiscipline continues.
Kasiima appealed to Parliament and other authorities to make tougher traffic laws that will cause even owners of the vehicles and motorcycles to be penalised when their vehicles are involved in accidents.
He said the move would cause owners of vehicles to employ responsible drivers.