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Throwing mineral water bottles along roads is an offence

By John Odyek

Added 28th May 2019 10:06 PM

Many roads and highways are littered with plastic water bottles and other plastic wastes which goes on to block drainage channels.

Throwing mineral water bottles along roads is an offence

State minister for works, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala told the media the Bill puts stringent penalties for causing damage to road infrastructure such as burning tires and fuel on the road. (File Photo)

Many roads and highways are littered with plastic water bottles and other plastic wastes which goes on to block drainage channels.

PLASTICS   LITTERING 
 
Travelers and motorists on Uganda's public roads risk a fine or jail term in prison for throwing water bottles, food wastes and littering roads as the practice has caused damage to certain roads.
 
State minister for works, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala told the media the Bill puts stringent penalties for causing damage to road infrastructure such as burning tires and fuel on the road.
 
Many roads and highways are littered with plastic water bottles and other plastic wastes which goes on to block drainage channels.
 
 
"The Bill seeks to improve control of nuisance on the roads such as piling dust, silt, wet sand, movement of animals, and destruction of ornamental trees in the road reserves, better axle load control," Katumba said.
 
Katumba said every year, there are 15,000 new motor vehicles and motorcycles on the roads in Uganda and the speed of vehicles should be matched with constructing, maintaining and sustaining roads.
 
 nstead of littering one can recycle plastics ere is a dustbin made out of plastic bottles ile hoto Instead of littering one can recycle plastics. Here is a dustbin made out of plastic bottles (File Photo)

 

The Roads Bill, 2018 was approved with amendments by Parliament and is waiting for the assent by President Yoweri Museveni. 
 
The bill seeks to address matters related to the management of roads to ensure that the country has an efficient and durable road network to facilitate economic growth and provision of public services.
 
In an attempt to address the issue of traffic jams due to increased traffic volumes especially within the cities, urban areas and along highways, the Bill seeks to expand the road widths and introduce other classes of roads such as expressways by increasing the current width of road reserve from 15m up to a maximum of 40m from the road centreline.
 
The Bill seeks to address the discharge of sewage from built areas directly into the stormwater channels along the roads, which often lead to clogging of the drains and flooding of the carriageways.
 
The Bill puts stringent measures to ensure the safety of road users during the construction, operation, and maintenance of public roads for example provision of pedestrian crossings, footways, cycleways, overhead bridges, and road furniture.
 
On difficult landlords refusing to allow for the construction of an access road through private property after compensation of the adjoining landowner, the Bill seeks to ensure such a stalemate does not arise and provides necessary interventions for resolutions of an emerging conflict scenario.
 
 

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