Enanga said, the police will continue removing number plates for an vehicles found to be a in a dangerous mechanical condition so that to force the owners to go and repair them to be road worth. However Enanga said that the only police officers allowed to pluck off a number plate are those who are at the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police [AIP].
The Uganda Police has said it will continue removing motor vehicle
number plates if owners are found in breach of the Road Safety Act.
today at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, Fred Enanga, the spokesperson of
the Uganda Police said that the order by the director in charge of traffic,
Bazil Mugisha doesn’t not in any way stop the exercise.
Enanga said, Mugisha’s
directives to traffic officers was meant to streamline on who can and who
cannot de-register a motor vehicle.
“It has been noted with concern that police officers
pluck number plates from motor vehicles suspected to have committed traffic
offences. This is irregular and must stop forthwith…You must use CCTV cameras
among other means to trace wanted motor vehicles,” Mugisha’s letter said in
But speaking to reporters at the tri-weekly security
briefing, Enanga said the police will continue removing number plates for all vehicles
found to be in dangerous mechanical condition so that the owners are forced to go and repair them to be road worth. However Enanga said that the only
police officers allowed to pluck off a number plate are those who are at the
rank of Assistant Inspector of Police [AIP].
//Cue in…where an AIP
Cue out…police and above.”//
Enanga said the vehicles that are in dangerous
mechanical conditions are not only a threat to the driver but also other road
users. He added that the Inspectorate of Vehicles assisted by traffic police will
also continue to do its job or ridding the road of any cars in dangerous mechanical
For the officers below the rank of AIP, Enanga said
they should devise other mechanisms to force vehicles in bad mechanical
conditions to be parked at police stations as they process for them the Express
Penalty tickets or case files for purposes of going to court.
Meanwhile, Police announced that over the weekend they
impounded 103 vehicles and 486 motorcycles which were found flouting
regulations imposed by the government to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Such regulations include, not carrying more than four people in a vehicle,
carrying passengers for motorcycles and moving beyond curfew time for both.