The first ever Uganda Transport Safety (UTS) awards have recognized corporate companies for their contributions towards road safety.
The awards, organized by Munk Communications Ltd, saw Posta Uganda emerge as the safest bus company of the year. Posta is yet to register any accident this year; the company takes high priority about the safety of its passengers, officials said. The other winners included Uganda Driving Standards Agency as the best driving school of the year for its excellence in meeting all the driving standards such as certified instructors, office and training space, among others.
Mukwano Industries received the award of Best Industrial road transporter of the year. Nile Breweries received the award of best road safety campaign for educating their customers on not drinking and driving, while Total Uganda received the Safety in Operation award for their innovations on road safety.
Boda-Boda 2010 Association Uganda Ltd received the award of best boda boda association of the year because of their initiative to organize cyclists and enforce discipline while Apollo Sirvasco received the award of best traffic officer for his discipline and hard work. According to Mary Nankinga, the vice chairperson of the organizing committee, the awards, sponsored by Housing Finance bank, aim at bringing back to the limelight issues of road safety.
"We will do this by rewarding and recognizing excellence, hard work and innovations in the areas of safety in transport to reduce accidents in the country," Nankinga told The Observer.
The head of traffic Police, Dr Steven Kasiima, who presided over the awards, commended the organizers for coming up with the awards and urged corporate companies to come on board and support them. The awards are scheduled to become an annual event, and according to Nankinga, eight other categories will be competed for next year -bringing the total number of categories to 16.
Among these is Driver of the year, Freight driver of the year, Best Freight Company of the year, Best taxi of the year, Tour and Travel Company of the year, New entrant of the year, Dealer of the year, and Safest car of the year.
"As a way of naming and shaming worst transporters, we also plan to have honourable mentions for Worst Driver of the year, Worst Transport Company of the year, Worst Road of the year, Worst Freight Company of the year, Worst Hour to drive," she said.