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Lukwago Develops New Taxi Operations Policy

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This follows the recent court ruling against KCCA to stop collecting Shs 120,000 from taxi owners/drivers after a group of aggrieved Taxi Owners and Drivers led by One Mustapha Mayambala filed a case in the High Court of Uganda wherein they challenged the said press statement; vide Misc. Cause No. 60 of 2012.


In his ruling delivered on April 10, 2013, the trial judge nullified the said levy of Shs.120,000 and the Interim Taxi Management Committee on the grounds that the said decisions were not made by the Authority headed by the Lord Mayor.

So Lukwago has decided to develop a new policy guideline to regulate the taxi operations in the city. “It’s against that background that my office invoked the provisions of section 11(1)(e) of the KCCA Act to kick start the process of developing new policy guidelines.”


“One of the core functions of the Authority under S.7 of the KCCA Act No.1 of 2011 is to formulate policies and set service delivery standards in all sectors of the city administration. Needless to mention that such policies must be backed up by the law enacted by the relevant organs of government, inclusive of the Authority ordinances made under S.8 of the KCCA Act,” said Lukwago.

The Mayor argues that his office prepared a policy to regulate this vital sector on August 23, 2011 and gave it to KCCA but the policy document was never accorded the due attention it deserved by the Executive Director.


He however noted: “Accordingly, a stakeholders’ meeting was convened on April 26, 2013 in the Authority Hall to generate ideas that would inform the said process. After a careful study of all the information gathered, coupled with our past experience, I believe it would be detrimental for us to revert to the old system of contracting out management of this sector to a single service provider.”


Lukwago further asserts that, his office has devised a new mechanism that would address the challenges they have encountered with KCCA. “Accordingly, we have no choice but to repeal the obsolete Local Governments (Kampala City) (Taxi Parks) Bye-law, Statutory Instrument No. 243-27 which was enacted way back in 1975 but still existing on our statute book as a dormant legal instrument,” he said.


He has urged the taxi stake holders to consider the bill for an Ordinance under Section 8(6) and (11)(1)(e) of the KCCA Act to regulate the Taxi operations in Kampala and pass it for the good of the City.


GUIDELINES

According to Lukwago, there shall be established an Authority Committee under S.16(1) of the Act to regulate, control, organize and monitor all Taxi Operations in Kampala.

The committee shall be referred to as the Taxi Monitoring committee (TMC) and shall consist of a chairperson, Vice Chairperson and three other members, all of whom elected by the Authority from amongst its members in accordance.


A member of the Taxi Monitoring Committee shall hold office for one year and is eligible for re-election.

The Taxi Monitoring Committee shall organize the leadership structure for the taxi operators in all taxi parks and stages.

For the proper management of the affairs of taxi operators, there shall be a central Taxi Executive Committee (TEC) consisting of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Spokesperson and six other members duly elected by the taxi owners and operators in accordance with the guidelines made by the Taxi Monitoring Committee.

Members of the Taxi Executive Committee and stage leaders shall hold office for a period of two years and shall be eligible for re-election. Provided that the Taxi Executive Committee shall in consultation with the Taxi Monitoring Committee prepare rules and regulations that will govern their internal management or administration.

The Taxi Executive Committee shall handle all disciplinary matters and disputes amongst taxi owners and operators as well as complaints from passengers and shall be the official mouthpiece for the Taxi operators.

The Taxi Executive Committee shall in consultation with the Taxi Monitoring Committee compile and update a register for all the Taxi operators and issue them with the necessary identifications. A copy of such register shall be submitted to the relevant directorate of the Authority.

The Directorate responsible for transport shall in liaison with the Taxi Monitoring Committee and the Taxi Executive Committee gazette taxi stages in all parts of Kampala and establish a data bank for all stages and taxis operating in Kampala.

Each stage or route shall have a distinct mark or code number which shall be inscribed on the body of each taxi.

The Authority shall be responsible for garbage collection and renovation of the Taxi Parks but the taxi operators’ leadership shall enforce all Regulations on cleanliness; and each taxi shall carry a trash can or bag for the storage of commercial solid waste generated by the passengers on board.

The Taxi Executive Committee shall in consultation with the Taxi Monitoring Committee prescribe taxi fares payable by passengers on each route or stage in Kampala.


Where baggage or property is left accidentally in a Taxi, the driver shall be expected to report the incident to the Taxi operators’ Leadership.

The Taxi Executive Committee shall be responsible for the day to day management of the taxi park offices.


All persons shall be expected to stand in queues or line while waiting or boarding Taxis.


A taxi driver shall not use the motor vehicle in such a manner that will endanger or be a nuisance to other Taxi Park users.


It will the duty of all Taxi drivers to exercise due diligence as the Authority shall not be held liable for any loss of property, injury or damage to any person, taxi or any other property.


The Taxi Monitoring Committee shall submit periodical Reports to the Authority as provided under the law or as and when required to do so.


According to Lukwago’s proposal, each Taxi Operator shall be required to apply for a monthly sticker in such a form as prescribed by the Authority.


A person who desires to obtain or renew a KCCA Sticker shall submit to the Directorate responsible for Revenue Collection of the Authority a fully completed and signed application form prescribed in the First Schedule to these Ordinance, as may be amended from time to time; a copy of the Log Book or its equivalent as may be prescribed by the Uganda Revenue Authority, of the Vehicle in respect of which the application for the KCCA Sticker is made; and payment of a prescribed monthly dues or Taxi Levy of Shs.70,000.

The KCCA Taxi Sticker, as issued, shall be available on request by an authorized officer or members of the Taxi operators’ leadership.

The KCCA Taxi Sticker shall be displayed at all times in a clearly visible location on the windscreen of the Taxi.

The KCCA Taxi Sticker shall expire on the lapse of the period for which it has been issued.

Qualifying Conditions for Exemption
A Taxi shall be exempt from payment of a monthly Taxi Levy under the following circumstances:


a) where the taxi is in a poor mechanical condition and is either in the garage off the road or not in use, for a period of for more than five days in each month and such a condition has been brought to the attention of the Authorized officer through the Taxi Executive Committee.


b) where the taxi has been withheld by debt collectors on account of loan obligations, for such period as may not have been paid for and a notification has been made to the Authorized officer through the Taxi Executive Committee prior to the period of default or within seven days after the start of the period in question;


c) where the Taxi is involved in an accident and there is a police report to that effect, which in any case has occurred at such a time before the liability fell due; or


d) any other reasonable cause ascertained and confirmed by the Taxi Executive Committee.

Notification of the Authorized officer on Exemption
Where the Taxi owner or driver intends to seek for the exemption referred to under sub regulation (6) a notification shall be made to the Authorized officer within 7 days from the occurrence of the qualifying condition.

Any person, whether a Driver or Owner of a Vehicle, who contravenes or refuses to comply with any of the provisions of these Ordinance commits an offence and shall be liable to pay a fine.


All stage leaders and members of Central Taxi Executive Committee shall assist in the enforcement of these Ordinances but shall not be treated as

Employees of the Authority and their remuneration and operational costs shall be drawn from contributions by the Taxi community as shall be agreed

upon in their assembly.

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