All city taxis will be assigned specific routes
as they resume their operations on June 4, 2020, the Minister for
Kampala Metropolitan Affairs Betty Amongi has said.
She told journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Thursday that they have designed routes
for each taxi operating within the Kampala metropolitan area. This means that before the taxi's return to the city, all operators will be expected to report to Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA Offices to be assigned parks and stages.
Amongi says that after registration and assignment of routes, the
drivers will pick their route charts from the Ministry of Works. The route charts
shall last until December 31, 2020, before a permanent chart is
The arrangement is in line with the new guidelines for public transport in Kampala which were jointly drafted by KCCA, the Ministries
of Kampala Affairs and Works and Transport Ministry, and approved by the cabinet on Monday.
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Amongi says that all operators of public transport are expected to have personal
protective equipment like a face mask and provide handwashing facilities for
passengers to wash their hands and a temperature gun to measure the temperature of passengers before
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Amongi says that taxis will park two meters away from
each other while in the parks while touting has been banned as part of a presidential directive. The taxis will also be
given route colours and numbers. Colours black, red, yellow and green shall be
used. She says this will help in tracking vehicles especially
during the COVID-19 period where they might need to trace for contacts.
Amongi also listed other issues that taxis will have to fulfil without fail with effect from January 2021. She says taxis will be subjected to
compulsory inspection through SGS and payment of Park User fees to KCCA.
Amongi says KCCA will directly enforce all the directives without involving taxi
Associations that they say are divided.
The KCCA Acting Executive Director, Andrew
Kitaka says they will start designing the parks soon to create the 2-meter
distance between taxis. He says to manage the number of taxis; they are working
around the clock to find space where taxis can park as they wait to return to
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Meanwhile, KCCA says that Boda Bodas shall continue
operating without passengers and respect curfew time as indicated by the
President. The Authority is currently working to gazette Bodaboda
stages and Bodaboda free zones.
The authority has listed 970 Bodaboda stages across the
three divisions of Kampala. So far, they have approved 585 stages.