Hoima Drivers Want Express Penalty Fees Revised

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Drivers in Hoima have petitioned the Police Director Traffic, Dr Steven Kasiima, to have the hiked traffic express penalty fees revised.

Drivers in Hoima have petitioned the Police Director Traffic, Dr Steven Kasiima, to have the hiked traffic express penalty fees revised.
 
In their petition, the drivers argue that hiking the penalty fees given the poor state of roads will fail their work.

According to the revised express penalty scheme announced last month, some traffic fines were more than doubled. This triggered a countrywide strike, paralyzing transport on major routes for the whole of last week.

Although drivers in Hoima and other parts of Bunyoro did not take part in the strike, they have expressed their concerns through a petition.

In a petition dated July 13 and presented by Fredrick Wandera Rusoke, the drivers complained that hiking the fees makes their business unprofitable and could see many off the road.

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This was on Saturday during a pass out of 109 drivers who underwent a one-week Passenger Service training course by Uganda Driving Standards Agency-UDSA. The trained drivers received certificates awaiting the issuance of Passenger Service Vehicle-PSV budges by the Ministry of Works and Transport.

Brian Mugabi, a driving Instructor at UDSA asked government to always consult drivers before such policies are implemented.

Receiving the petition, Mathias Okwi, the Community Liaison Officer who represented Dr Kasiima pledged to forward the drivers’ concerns to those concerned. He, however, urged the remaining drivers to go for the UDSA Passenger Service training course.

Okwi says as per the new government policy, no driver will be allowed on the road without a certificate or a PSV budge attained after training by UDSA. He warns of an impending operation to remove uncertified drivers on the road.

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