A section of Members of Parliament are proposing to government to withdraw all driving permits of all public vehicles drivers, be scrutinised and retrained before getting the the final clearance on the road.
In a parliamentary sitting chaired by the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanya, the legislators says this will help in weeding out the increasing road carnages in the country.
The MPs’ proposal comes few days after the Ministry of works and transport suspended the operations of the Ggaga bus company after involving in a series of crashes along Kampala – Gulu road claiming a number of lives.
Kiryandongo Woman member of parliament Hellen Kahunde, led a group of legislators hailing from Kiryandongo district to raise a matter of national importance in the August House about the ever increasing road carnages along Kampala, Karuma – Gulu road that has claimed a number of lives of recent.
According to her, the absence of speed bumps in dark spots at Karuma, the delay lack of presence of traffic officers in black spot areas prompted the residents of Kiryandong to demonstrate Monday. She argued that over 40 people have lost lives in the same black spot within a period of two months.
The accidents along this road have also led to the suspension of Ggaga bus company after the Saturday bus accident that claimed a life and left others injured.
Now the legislator wants government to withdraw all driving permits of all public vehicles drivers, be scrutinized and retrained before getting the the final clearance on the road.
“We have had several accidents taking place there including a taxi where all people on board died.”
The legislator’s comments forced the speaker to summon the line ministers to prepare a ministerial statement on the increasing road carnages and plans to curb the crushes.
According to the report from the Uganda police, almost 10 people lose lives on a daily basis through road crashes.