The Observer (Kampala)

9 January 2013

Uganda: Fmu Tightens Rules of the Game

Prior to the start of the Federation of Motorsport Uganda (FMU) calendar (January 26), the federation officials have issued rules that will guide the rally drivers. In a workshop held on Sunday at Essela Country Resort in Kira, Mukiibi Katende, the FMU clerk of the course, announced that drivers would have to duplicate a time card to help them have their own records in case of any disagreements. But, the new rule stipulates, should any protester lose the case, he or she would not be refunded the protest fee.

During the rally, drivers haven't been following traffic laws in interest of time but now with a time card, any driver found overspeeding in transport sections will be penalized.?FMU also ordered all the drivers to have managers whom they should register before the calendar begins on January 26. But the drivers weren't happy with the move, saying it is late and getting "genuine" managers will not be easy.

"We need to be given more time because the rule is in our favor," Arthur Lugoloobi said.

And this time round, the closing date for entry in any event will be strict - drivers who fail to register seven days prior to the event will not be allowed although event organizers under rules of FMU 2013?have the right to allow a late entry under reasonable circumstances.

In addition, any driver who wishes to have a gadget like a camera in his or her rally car while in action will have to inform the clerk of course seven days prior. The drivers weren't exactly happy with this regulation, saying the cameras are necessary, especially if they can help resolve a complaint.

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