Traffic Road Safety Act 1998
New Road laws to reduce the number of accidents. File Photo

Parliament is positive that Uganda’s Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998 (Amendment) Bill will reduce the number of accidents

The Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998 (Amendment) Bill set to be put into effect will help in curbing down on the rampant road accidents in Uganda according to the Parliament Committee debating on physical infrastructure.

With an estimation of at least 10 fatalities per day, the committee is hopeful the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998 (Amendment) Bill, if brought into law will reduce on many bad practices by drivers who have taken it upon themselves to misuse the road neglecting most of the simple basics that might culminate into accidents.

Of recent, most drivers have made it ideal to drive under the influence of alcohol, over speed, drive without permits and also speak on mobile phones while driving as well as overload vehicles and this has culminated into accidents.

However, with the new road law already in the corner, Legislators have deeply supported the proposals in the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998 (Amendment) bill that will see tight and string penalties imposed against errant taxi operators and boda boda cyclists.

According to the Kasese Municipality MP, Robert Franco Centenary, most legislators have cars with scratches because of reckless motorcycle drivers who misuse the road.

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MPs support new traffic law to fight a reckless driving
MPs support new traffic law to fight a reckless driving. Photo/NEW VISION

Meanwhile, the State Minister for Minerals, Sarah Achieng Opendi implied that bad driving and road misuse has been happening even in the presence of traffic cameras and even law enforcers seem careless about it.

“We have had accidents at traffic lights and nothing has been done,” Opendi implied.
Appropriately, the legislators called on the government to make proper use of the data from traffic cameras to reprimand and tackle bad driving.

What did others say on the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998?

Esiangu Kenneth (Independent, Soroti County)

Most of the road accidents are caused by reckless boda boda riders, they keep left, right and centre and not much regulation have been done.

Frederick Angura (NRM, Tororo South)

Indiscipline among taxi drivers is unbecoming, we should put strict penalties on reckless ones and all of them should have permits.

Patrick Oshabe (NRM, Kassanda County)

We need trainers in driving school instructors. Ministry of Works needs to have an institution for drivers’ instructors who will then pass on the knowledge to the learners.

Hon Ssekitoleko

The law will help in ensuring that repair facilities, manufacturers or dealers in new, second hand or reconditioned motor vehicles are regulated for enhanced road safety.

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It will also enable the government to curb the rampant theft and sale of stolen motor vehicles in the country

By John Dalton Kigozi