Uganda: Implement Road Safety Act, Speaker Directs Govt

Kampala — The rampant road carnage in the country has reawakened concerns on road safety, with the Speaker, Anita Among calling for implementation of the Road Safety Act. Speaker Among made the directive on Tuesday, 11 July 2023.

“In 2019, we passed the Road Safety Act and Section 58 speaks about towing of vehicles and to date, no one is implementing that. We give you money to operationalise the law and you do not do it; we want to know what is happening,” Among said.

Her call follows the recent death of former Member of Parliament for Erute North, Charles Angiro, in a motor accident on 08 July 2023 along Karuma-Pakwach Road.

Similarly, renown businessman, Apollo Nyegamehe also known as Aponye died inan accident on 06 July 2023 in Itoojo, Ntugamo district, after his vehicle hit a stationary truck.

The Speaker directed the Minister of Works and Transport, Uganda Revenue Authority and Uganda Police Force to ensure stationary vehicles are removed from the road side.

“When you look at the issue of road accidents, the salient issues are non-implementation of Road Safety Act 2019. If we implemented that law to the latter, then we would not have those problems. I want to urge the minister to implement that law especially Section 58,” she said.

The Speaker also called for scaling up of road safety campaigns as well improvement of road designs into dual carriages.

Jonathan Odur (UPC, Erute County South) stated that according to the law, it is a criminal offence for anyone to leave stationary vehicles on the road beyond 30 minutes in urban centres and one hour in rural areas.