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Is there anybody in charge of inspecting motor vehicles in Uganda?

By Vision Reporter

Added 29th March 2008 03:00 AM

I AM dismayed by the state of some vehicles plying Uganda’s roads, especially the taxis. Many of those operating upcountry are in dangerous mechanical condition and should not be allowed on our roads.

I AM dismayed by the state of some vehicles plying Uganda’s roads, especially the taxis. Many of those operating upcountry are in dangerous mechanical condition and should not be allowed on our roads.

If this is not possible, why can’t the owners be compelled to repair their vehicles to acceptable standards?

Many people have complained about dangerous vehicles but what has prompted me to join them is what I saw in Jinja on Easter Sunday. After prayers, I took a Coaster to Namulesa trading centre. Then all of a sudden it started raining.

As the rain intensified, the roof of the vehicle started leaking terribly. Closing the windows was not possible because there were no windows to close. There were no panes and most of us were drenched.

We could not jump out of the vehicle because the rain was terribly heavy and there was no shelter in the vicinity. When the rain subsided, we asked the conductor why they did not mind about the condition of their vehicle but he claimed they did not know about it! We immediately opted for another vehicle.

Throughout the journey we debated the issue of junk vehicles on Uganda’s roads. Who is in charge of inspecting these vehicles? Is there any authority that manages public transport in Uganda?

Charles Kakamwa
Jinja

Is there anybody in charge of inspecting motor vehicles in Uganda?

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