22 November 2012

Uganda: Police to Cancel Permits of Reckless Drivers

Drivers of passenger services vehicles (PSVs) linked to fatal accidents should start looking for new careers as the Police has vowed to ensure that their driving permits are cancelled.

According to Dr. Steven Kasiima, the commissioner for traffic, all drivers of PSVs will be subjected to thorough scrutiny to establish whether they have caused accidents.

Kasiima noted that the exercise will unearth information about the past conduct and discipline of all PSV drivers.

"We shall dig deep into the history of these drivers and if we find out that any of them has caused a fatal accident before, that will be the end of their career," Kasiima said.

He revealed that the drivers will also be subjected to theoretical and practical tests.

"Drivers who don't pass both tests will not be allowed to drive PSVs," said Kasiima.

He, however, noted that despite the power to cancel the licences of drivers being in the hands of the Transport Licensing Board (TLB), the Police largely influences the process. "We are going to write a report to TLB, advising that the licences of errant drivers be revoked immediately before we lose more lives to accidents," he said.

The exercise follows a surge in road accidents in which over 1,000 lives have perished over the last six months.

The latest tragedy took place on Saturday after a KKT bus knocked an elephant at Pakwach and seven people died, while others were critically injured.

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