Not only bus drivers will be trekking to Naguru to get tested for class DE driving license but also trailer drivers seeking to obtain class CE. Nampiima said all this is intended to ensure competent people are licensed to chauffeur such big cars and ensure safety of other road users.
of traffic police has stopped forthwith all regional Ins
pectors of Vehicles
(IOVs) from testing bus drivers seeking to acquire driving licenses.
of Police –ASP Faridah Nampiima, who is also the directorate’s spokesperson,
said all testing of bus drivers will be conducted at IOV headquarters in
person acquires a driving license which was previously known as driving permit,
he or she must be tested by an IOV either attached to the main police station in
the district, division, region or Naguru headquarters.
does not explain why police have decided to stop testing of bus drivers at the regions, it is speculated that many people have been acquiring driving licenses
for medium and heavy omnibuses on suspicious recommendations.
Not only bus
drivers will be trekking to Naguru to get tested for class DE driving license but
also trailer drivers seeking to obtain class CE. Nampiima said all this is
intended to ensure competent people are licensed to chauffeur such big cars and
ensure safety of other road users.
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more than 150 road crashes involving buses are recorded. For instance, last
year 157 buses were involved in crashes. This was a reduction compared to 2020
and 2019 where 177 and 221 crashes involving buses were recorded respectively.
Similarly, 580 heavy goods vehicles were involved in crashes in 2020 which was
a slight increase compared to 505 crashes involving heavy goods vehicles registered in 2019.
who has been in bus industry for over 30 years says the transport sector should not
be regarded as a last resort for school dropouts but it should be respected as a
profession. Kayondo says there must be parameters for who qualifies to drive a
bus but not everyone who is able to sit behind the steering.
drive a bus must be capable." Kayondo said. "To carry passengers, you must be skilled and sober. A bus driver must have
high senses and it needs a person who is fit,” he stressed.
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alone, a number of crashes involving buses have been registered. But the worst so far involved a Link bus in Fort Portal which killed at least 21
passengers and left more than a dozen injured. The statistics on crashes recorded between
April and June have put daily crash fatalities at 12 and on some bad days they reach 14.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.