Kalita Bus Company Operations Suspended

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The Transport Licensing Board (TLB) has suspended the operation license of Kalita Bus Company. The suspension comes after a bus belonging to the company was involved in an accident last week along the Kampala- Masaka Road, which claimed three lives.

The Transport Licensing Board (TLB) has suspended the operation license of Kalita Bus Company.

The suspension which took effect last weekend comes after a bus belonging to the company was involved in an accident last week along the Kampala- Masaka Road, which claimed three lives.

The Bus registration number UAL 528N with 53 passengers on board was heading to Bwera in Kasese district via Mbarara, when the driver lost control and the bus overturned killing three passengers.

Investigations carried out by the traffic police revealed that the cause of the accident was over-speeding.  The traffic police made recommendations to the TLB who then ordered the operations of the bus company to be suspended.

The Secretary of the Transport Licensing Board, Winston Katushabe says that it was also discovered that many buses belonging to the Company are in Dangerous Mechanical Condition not fit to be on the road. Katushabe says that the operations have been suspended until further notice and the suspension will only be lifted after all the buses have been tested by the traffic police.

The booking office of the bus company on Lugard Road in Fort Portal town was open on Monday but there wasn’t any activity. At the Kalita Bus Park in Rwengoma, there were no buses; some of the buses were parked at Boma, at the residence of Patrick Lucky, the proprietor.

Passengers who have been using Kalita buses are now using buses belonging to Link Bus Company while others are using taxis.

In a telephone interview, David Barongo, the Kalita operations manager said that they are in talks with TLB, to have the suspension lifted.

Many buses belonging to the company have been involved in accidents especially on the Fort-Portal-Kampala and Fort Portal-Kasese road, which have caused deaths of passengers. Statistics at the Regional Traffic Police Department in Fort Portal show that in the past one and half years, ten buses have been involved in accidents which have caused the death of thirty people.

The bus company started its operations in Kabarole in the late 1990s.

Last month, TLB briefly suspended the licence of Gaagaa, another bus company operating on the Northern route after their vehicles were involved in a number of accidents. A police investigation found out that the entire fleet of Gaagaa buses did not have speed governors.

 

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