Crime & Investigation

Lwengo Tragedy Shakes Nation, Cops To Supervise Bus Drivers

approved geneva;”>This was during his meeting with bus owners and drivers at UNRA headquarters Kyambogo, nurse geared at establishing causes and possible remedies to try reducing on the road accidents in a bid to secure lives and property.

patient geneva;”>This was in response to a number of bus accidents on Ugandan roads which have claimed thousands of lives and the most recent one being that of Lwengo which claimed 14 lives, leaving many injured when a Horizon bus lost control, overturned several times and caught fire.

Kayihura said: “Two police officers per a bus should be deployed; a traffic officer to ensure that drivers comply with traffic and roads safety Act and a detective and counter terrorism police to ensure safety of the passengers”.

It was revealed in the meeting that among the possible causes of road accidents include; human error- over speeding, drivers’ fatigue, poor state of vehicles, lack of training schools for bus drivers, trucks that break down on roads, corruption, lack of road signs, use of drugs and alcohol by drivers, indiscipline drivers, purchase of poor quality tyres among others.

In a bid to minimize on the accidents, the members agreed that training schools (for buses and heavy trucks) be put in place, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to ensure quality of tyres in the country, job security for drivers, reinforcing the law of speed governors among others.

The police chief has cautioned the ministry of works and transport to put in place proper signage on all Uganda borders as this is a major cause of accidents citing.

He also told the bus owners that the only gift they can the only gift you can give to Ugandans is by making them safe and secure on the roads instead of profit maximization.


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