Crime & Investigation

Police Face Resistance Over New Traffic Fines


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Katongole said the increased traffic charges by police will only increase such as stealing and corruption which have become a cancer in Uganda.

“Those whose cars are impounded have families to take care of. If left unemployed they will be forced to hit people with iron bars and take off with whatever they can, as means of survival,” cautioned Katongole in an exclusive interview with Chimpreports at UTODA’s National offices in Kampala in Kampala on Saturday morning.

“I think the president is being misled by people who do not know anything about transport,” he said, adding, “How can you say that you have increased fines as a way of stopping accidents when majority of people drive when drunk? When we still import DMCs? And when the roads are still in a poor state?”

In a weekly press briefing at Central Police Station in Kampala on Monday, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Ibin Ssenkumbi said police had increased fines in a bid to promote proper road usage.

The new law indicates that cyclists found without helmets will be charged Shs 40,000 while driving without wearing a seatbelt attracts a fine of Shs 80,000 (drivers) and shs20, 000 for passengers.

The fines for over speeding have been increased from Shs 100,000 to Shs 200,000 and driving without a driving permit from Shs 40,000 to Shs 100,000 and a charge for one caught driving while on a mobile cell phone is Shs 200,000.

Ssenkumbi also warned those who delay paying their fines, saying “Anyone who pays after 20 days from issuance will pay an extra 50 percent.”

He told journalists that Ministry of Works and Transport had introduced badges for drivers, urging all motorists and cyclists to acquire them or pay a fine of Shs 200,000 if caught driving.

Katongole, who was disappointed by Police actions, insisted that as long as Uganda remains ranked as the one of the top alcohol consuming countries in Africa, accidents will be remain an everyday scenario in the country.

“Since 2005 the government has been talking about seatbelts and yet they still allow cars without seat belts into the country,” noted Katongole.


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