Police wants sh7b phone app to track traffic fine defaulters

By Paul Kiwuuwa

Presenting their ministerial policy statements for 2017/2018 before the parliamentary committee on Defense and internal affairs on Tuesday, the undersecretary Uganda police force, Rogers Muhirwa said, procuring the phone app will double the revenue collected to sh 12bn annually from sh 3bn annually

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Uganda police force is seeking for sh7bn in the financial year 2017/2018 to procure a special mobile phone app to track down motorists who commit traffic offences and default on paying fines in the bank under the express penalty scheme.  

Presenting their ministerial policy statements for 2017/2018 before the parliamentary committee on Defense and internal affairs on Tuesday, the undersecretary Uganda police force,  Rogers Muhirwa said, procuring the phone app will double  the revenue collected to sh 12bn annually from sh 3bn annually

Police’s requires sh 506.316b budget estimates for 2017/2018which includes wages, non-wages and capital expenditure.  Ministry of finance   allocated sh sg 527.206b in the financial year 2016/2017.

Muhirwa, accompanied by the Police public relations officer Andrew Felix Kaweesi, told the committee that the automated phone up will automatically issue the receipts, preventing the traffic officers from cancelling the receipts.

He explained the Express Penalty System App will also receive all data relating to a particular vehicle from Uganda Revenue Authority once the vehicle registration number is keyed in.

Police is now using a special mobile phone app to track down motorists who commit traffic offenses and default on paying fines in the bank under the express penalty scheme.

According to Muhirwa, the traffic police officer has to key in the registration number of any vehicle and that officer will receive details about the car from the Uganda Revenue Authority. The app can also track driving permits and be used to issue an express penalty ticket to the driver.

Muhirwa told the MPs the app is still a pilot project in Kampala Metropolitan Area but it will be introduced countrywide if the funds are available.

The committee chairperson Judith Nabakooba (Mityana Woman MP) government has major priorities to fund, however allocation will depend on availability of funds.