Museveni allows Boda bodas and bicycles
Museveni allows Boda bodas and bicycles carrying cargo to operate until 5 pm. PHOTO/Twitter

President Museveni allows Boda bodas and bicycles carrying cargo to operate until 5 pm

President Museveni revised his first directive restricting the operation of boda bodas after 2 p.m. and announced a new directive that will see all bicycles and boda bodas carrying Cargo stop operating until 5 p.m.

While addressing the nation on Sunday 19th, Museveni said that bicycles and boda bodas will continue operating but only carrying cargo and by 5 pm they should be off the roads. 

Initially, boda bodas were required to be off the road by 2 pm, however, according to President Museveni, this was done for security reasons because in recent times many people have used them to do crime and harm others.

But after he discussed with particulars in government they realized that this boda bodas can still operate up to 5 pm because it will still be day time.

Museveni explained that of recent most criminal incidents involving boda bodas have happened during the night and as a result, all boda boda riders should be disciplined and obey the directive.

“The restriction of boda bodas (strictly carrying cargo) on being on the road has been revised. Initially, they were required to be off the road by 2 pm. Later, we realised that 2 pm is too early,” Museveni said.

“I only decided because they are only dangerous at night, they can be used for crime. But they should be working like bicycles up to 5 pm.”

Museveni allows Boda bodas and bicycles
Museveni allows Boda bodas and bicycles carrying cargo to operate until 5 pm. PHOTO/Twitter

Also, Museveni re-emphasized that this boda bodas should only carry cargo doing door to door deliveries of food items and not carry any passengers.

He further called on the police to arrest and charge all those bicycle and boda boda riders who go against the new directive.

List of vehicles allowed on the road according to directives

Vehicles with the Ministry of Works and Transport stickers with barcodes linked to the purpose and driver and in observance of the Ministry of Health standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Official vehicles of the army (UPDF), Police, Prisons, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Judicial Integrity Committee and private security companies. Occupants of these vehicles must carry institutional IDs and in line with the SOPS from the Ministry of Health.

Official vehicles with Ministry of Works and Transport stickers for medical, NWSC, power generation, transmission and distribution companies, banks, Judiciary, Uganda National Roads Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, National Drugs Authority, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, National Medical Stores, Uganda Red Cross/ICRC, Civil Aviation Authority, National Bureau of Standards, telecom companies, media, Kampala Capital City Authority, urban authorities, cleaning services, manufacturers, pharmacies and veterinary officials.

These are all authorized to strictly carry essential staff only during this period.

Patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer and kidney failure that warrant frequent hospital checkups. They must carry along relevant medical documents.

All cargo trucks.

All bodabodas, motorcycles and bicycles without passengers from 6.30 am to 5 pm.