Four drivers have been arrested for excess loading as traffic police intensifies its operation on Hoima roads.
The four drivers were arrested on Friday at different spots, while carrying more passengers than those their vehicles are licensed to carry.
The culprits are John Majara, a driver of a Caribou UAP920P, Ali Kato of a Hipsum UAP558W, Friday Ali also of Hipsum UAL470K and one Ssentindo of a taxi Hiace UAG595x.
Kasule Ogwal, the Hoima district traffic officer says Majara was arrested while loading twelve passengers in a Caribou which is licensed to carry seven passengers. Ssentindo had two excess passengers in his taxi only licensed for 14 passengers, while the two Alis carried one excess passenger each on the driver’s seat.
Kasule says carrying a passenger on the driver’s seat interferes with safe driving. The two Alis were on Saturday morning released on police bond after producing sureties while the other culprits remain in Hoima police custody.
The drivers face charges of carrying passengers in unsafe manner, carrying passengers in a dangerous position likely to interfere with safe driving and breach of operator’s license; all contrary to the traffic and road safety Act 1998.
They appear in court on Tuesday to face charges. Police mounted a massive traffic operation on all roads in Hoima to curb overloading, driving vehicles in a dangerous mechanical condition among others.
The operation which police describe so far as successful has left several drivers and some excess passengers arrested and charged.
The arrest of the drivers comes amid increased fatal road accidents in the district which have left five people dead in only four days.
The latest fatal accident was registered last night at Kihemba village on Kampala road in Buhanika Sub County.
The accident occurred when 42 -year old Sunday Barongo ridding a senke motorcycle registration number UDG560A rammed into a stationary Isuzu lorry number UAA667G at about 3am.
Barongo died on the spot after crashing his head on the tarmac.
Although police blame the accidents on recklessness coupled with over speeding, road users attribute the problem to bad roads.
David Atuhura, the Buhimba Sub county LC3 Chairman who drives on the Hoima-Fortportal road almost daily says the road is poor and dusty and this obstructs safe driving. Two fatal road accidents have been recorded on the road in the last two days.