“We don’t have tickets for violating curfew time," ASP Nampiima said. "That provision was given to the national Covid-19 task force to come up with penalties but they did not. So when we arrest or impound your car or motorcycle, we look at the traffic offence and we issue a ticket accordingly.”
Traffic police PRO ASP Faridah Nampiima
On several occasions,
drivers and motorcyclists have accused police of being selective while issuing Express
Penalty tickets for violated traffic rules and regulations. For instance,
Aramathan Musoke, a Boda-boda rider says he was arrested for riding past curfew
time with his two other colleagues.
says he was shocked when he was given an EPS ticket worth 100,000 shillings yet
his two colleagues were given tickets of 40,000 shillings.
“Police is selective
when giving these tickets, you can’t arrest us for riding in curfew hours but
you give us different tickets, that is unacceptable,” Musoke said.
to arguments like Musoke’s, Assistant Superintendent of Police –ASP Faridah
Nampiima, who is also the traffic police spokesperson, says people should know
that they don’t fine people for riding during curfew hours. But they issue
tickets depending on the traffic offences committed by the rider or driver.
“We don’t have
tickets for violating curfew time," ASP Nampiima said. "That provision was given to the national
Covid-19 task force to come up with penalties but they did not. So when we
arrest or impound your car or motorcycle, we look at the traffic offence and we
issue a ticket accordingly.”
down the fines in terms of money attached to each traffic offence which she
insists must be known by all riders and drivers. Below are the traffic offences
and money penalties attached to them.
attract 40,000 shillings’ penalty include using or permitting use on the road a
motor vehicle, trailer or engineering plant without any insurance for the
use, using or permitting use on the road a motor vehicle, trailer or engineering
plant whose registration plate or license is obscured or indistinguishable,
failing to stop at a railway level crossing, riding a motorcycle without a
valid driving permit and riding a motorcycle without wearing a crash helmet on
such as driving without a valid driving permit, permitting driving without a
valid driving permit, permitting a person not enrolled as a student in a
driving school to drive a motorcycle, motor car, dual purpose vehicle or
trailer, using a motor vehicle for carriage of passengers or goods for hire or
reward when it is not licensed to do so all attract a fine of 100,000 shillings
offences that attract a fine of 100,000 shillings include carrying more than
one person in addition to the driver, on a motorcycle, carrying a person on a
seat not securely fixed to a motorcycle, failing to give right of way to
authorised emergency vehicles, carrying a passengers on a motor vehicle,
trailer or engineering plant in such number or in such position as to be likely
to interfere with safe driving, using a hand held mobile phone telephone while
driving a motor vehicle, using a motor vehicle without reflectors and or
warning signs, in respect of a motor vehicle, trailer or engineering plant,
obstructing a road or waiting, or being left packed or being loaded or unloaded
in a road.
The 200,000 shillings’
traffic penalty is for offences like using goods vehicle on a road in a manner
which makes it a danger to other road users, using a vehicle operator’s license
in breach of the license issued, driving a motor vehicle, trailer or
engineering plant on a road under the influence of alcohol, driving excess of
the prescribed speed, driving a public service vehicle without a valid drivers’
badge and certificate of compliance, using a motor vehicle for instructing
learner without a valid certificate.
offences such as using a motor vehicle which is not in good condition on the
road, a driver in a vehicle not wearing a safety belt and passengers in a vehicle
not wearing a safety belt attract 60,000, 80,000 and 20,000 shillings
Senior Staff Reporter
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.