Traffic Police Stuck With 20,000 Driving Permits

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In short
The drivers are usually expected to pick the permits after making payments for express penalty tickets issued to them by traffic police. However, many of these tickets are never collected and are now piled up at traffic police offices.

The Uganda Police Force is stuck with over 20,000 driving permits that have not been picked by traffic offenders. Some of the permits have been confiscated from errant drivers and multiple traffic offenders.

The drivers are usually expected to pick the permits after making payments for express penalty tickets issued to them by traffic police. However, many of these tickets are never collected and are now piled up at traffic police offices. 

Traffic Police Director Steven Kasiima says that many of the drivers end up reporting the permits as missing or lost to enable them to process other documents as opposed to paying the fines. Kasiima was contributing to the discussion on the road bill, currently before parliament.

Kasiima, however, adds that traffic personnel have scaled down the rate at which the permits were confiscated since capturing them did not yield positive results.
 
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He says Face technologies, the agency contracted to issue computerized driving permits has not been helpful in stopping the issuance of new permits to offenders. He adds that as a result of this lack of coordination, the traffic units have lost up to 47 billion Shillings from defaulters.

Kasiima suggests that the new road bill introduces a clause that mandates Ugandans to carry their permits all the time.

According to Kasiima, as it stands now there is no law that compels Ugandans to carry their original driving permit a move that dis-empowers the police in the event that an offender is required to produce a driving license.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.