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Relief in Parks as Government Issues Temporary Permits to Unregistered Transporters

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Silver Kasirye, the Chairman Jinja Stage in the New taxi Park, one of those that registered a high number of stranded passengers, told URN this morning that over 80 taxis have left for Busoga sub region since last night.
Namayiba Taxi Park that had about three taxis yesterday at Midday now has more taxis

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Travelers have got a sigh of relief following government’s decision to issue temporary permits to hundreds of unregistered transport operators. Government’s decision was prompted by complaints from hundreds travelers who couldn’t get transport means to their destination because of the restrictions on unregistered vehicles.

New taxi Park, Namayiba and Kisenyi Parks were largely empty of public transport vehicles on Thursday despite the suspension of the ban on public transport. This was largely because a few taxis had completed the compulsory registration with Kampala Capital City Authority while those on the road couldn’t exceed the curfew time.

 

Realizing the gap, government started issuing temporary permits to unregistered transport operators plying upcountry routes on Friday to transport passengers who had resorted to sleeping in the parks. 

Silver Kasirye, the Chairman Jinja Stage in the New taxi Park, one of those that registered a high number of stranded passengers, told URN this morning that over 80 taxis have left for Busoga sub region since last night. 

He said the initiative has eased transportation of passengers.

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The temporary permits issued by Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA officials specify the name of the driver, their National ID number and destination. The drivers are also required to provide a photocopy of their permit and register all seven passengers on board.

Their details including names and contacts are submitted to KCCA for keep purposes. Only taxis plying upcountry routes receive the permits. To the Eastern part of Uganda, upcountry destinations start from Kayunga Mukono, on the Northern route it’s from Bombo, while the Western and Southern route starts from Nsangi, said one of the KCCA officials issuing permits.

   

Ronald Mukasa, the Defense Secretary Namayiba Taxi Park is one of those helping KCCA officials to register passengers and ensure that drivers submit the filled forms and comply with other government guidelines.

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Mukasa also says that the initiative has been a huge relief to the people who spent nights in the park waiting to travel with the few taxis available. The temporary permits that allow operators to operate 24hrs a day will expire on June 8th 2020.     

Then, transporters will be required to register before getting back to work. However, transporters have noted shortfalls in the registration system, sayings it is too slow to given their huge numbers. They also say the requirements for registration are tough, adding that some of their permits and PSV License expired during the lockdown and cannot renew them yet.   

Godfrey Walakira, the Secretary of New Taxi wants government to increase registration centers and ease on the conditions for registration. For instance he says taxis with expired PSV permits and drivers with expired driving permits should be left to register.  

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KCCA spokesperson, Peter Kaujju, says over 3444 taxes have so far been registered and assigned routes. The process according to Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, Betty Amongi will go on until June 30th 2020.   

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