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Self-driving govt officials, politicians given 3 months to acquire driving licences

A government vehicle makes a U-turn in the middle of the road

A government vehicle makes a U-turn in the middle of the road

The traffic police will in three months start going hard on government officials and politicians who drive vehicles without driving licences, ministry of Works and Transport has said.

The state minister for Transport Fred Byamukama said government officials and politicians are fond of intimidating traffic police officers on the roads with their 'titles' when they commit a traffic offence or misuse government vehicles.

Byabaka now says after the 3-month deadline, those found driving without a license will be treated according to the Traffic and Road Safety Act and other relevant laws of Uganda. Byabakama said whether the government official or politician is driving an official or private vehicle, they don't enjoy any immunity once they violate traffic rules and regulations.

"The law doesn't exclude them including me. Once you're to drive yourself, you must have a driving licence, this is how government vehicles have been misused. Majority of the people have abandoned their drivers, they are driving themselves and when the traffic officers stop them that person [claims] 'I'm commissioner', 'I'm director.' So we're going to partner with police to ensure sanity on the road. Regardless of your level as long as you're driving yourself, you have a maximum of 3 months and whoever wouldn't have got a driver's license and you have got driving either your personal car or government car, you will be worked upon as indicated in the law," said Byabakama.

Byamukama was inspecting the facilities at the Uganda Security Printing Company (USPC), which is responsible for the processing of driving licences. Three years ago, the company was given the mandate to produce and issue licenses on behalf of the ministry, while maintaining or improving the standards that had been exhibited by its predecessor, Face Technologies Ltd.

He says no one should give the excuse of difficulties in getting the license, since the efficiency in the process has greatly improved from 75 to almost 100 per cent, a great achievement by the USPC. He says, for example, that recently when he wanted to renew his license, it took him less than 25 minutes, adding that the system has greatly done away with incidents of bribery.

USPC managing director, Dr George Mugerwa attributed the improved efficiency to easy collaboration between the company and other government agencies especially the ministry of Works. He said that now they are focusing on extending the services beyond the centre so that it will be easy to acquire the licenses even in the rural areas

Byamukama said their outreach exercises have seen close to 12,000 people get licenses without going to the headquarters. He added that a system is being put in place to ensure that all services, including banking and revenue services, will be done within the premises, and replicated upcountry.

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+1 #1 ugthinker 2024-02-22 15:43
Imagine that’s a minister! Uganda has indeed gone to the dogs.

Under what law does the minister authorise unlicensed drivers onto the roads?
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+6 #2 Sebina Muwanga 2024-02-23 03:05
Hon. Minister,

Section 35 (1) of the Traffic and Road Safety Act prohibits driving vehicles without being in possession of a valid driving permit.

The punishment for doing so is contained in Section 121 (1).

The Minister of Transport has no powers under the Act to give a three-month "grace period" to enable illegal drivers to obtain driving licences.

Please take note.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2024-02-23 08:09
In other words, our traffic/police officers are not strictly enforcing the Rule of Law and Order", which is why there is total traffic anarchy on our streets, highways and byways.

E.g., who has not seen the Boda riders carrying some of the most dangerous loads (objects) such as: unfastened 200-kg bags/sacks of potatoes, onions or mangoes; a 4X8 Metal Sheet and/or 22-feet long iron bars, trucks Axle, etc. and weaving through the traffic, terrorizing both pedestrians and other motorists?

it is bewildering as they badly scratch people's vehicles and get away with it.

I want to see the day when all Governments vehicles are parked at their respective Ministries and/or Departments, Police Stations, etc. after the day's work.
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0 #4 Lakwena 2024-02-23 08:12
For Heaven's sake, Ugandans need to wake up!

In the Good-old-days under the Brits' Protectorate (colonial) Rule and swines Days (and current Rwanda); public properties (sweat and blood tax-money) such as motor vehicles were sacrosanct and therefore respected, and all Public Servants find their means of transport to and from work.

But under our current "delinquent and unconstitutional Problem of Africa" Public Properties (Sweat and Blood) have been profaned, captured, abused and/or personalized by idiots.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2024-02-23 08:29
When it comes to obtaining and/or renewing the Driving License, there is absolutely no more excuse of difficulties in getting the license. I e.g., on 25th Jan 2023, got my license renewed in less than one hour.

But how and why in the world should any police,traffic police officer be intimidating by any citizen when enforcing the rule of law. Such a police officer must be relieved of his police work.

In other words, even the president does not have the power to intimidate a police officer when the officer is doing his work of enforcing the rule of law and order.

No wonder in 39 years and counting the country has gone to the dogs, hyenas, and vultures who now run our lives.
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+1 #6 Paul Mayende 2024-02-23 13:48
So are they legally on the roads or we have them three Grace period to break the law?
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