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.
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
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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
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.