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UNRA Delays Evictions of Northern Bypass Taxi Operators

The Authority had initially planned to evict the taxi's on account that they are the leading cause of traffic jams and accidents along the Northern bypass. It had, on this basis, asked the taxi operators to leave areas adjacent to the 21-kilometre bypass and return to the gazetted taxi parks.
18 Aug 2020 16:51
The illegal taxi stage at Bwaise along the Kampala Northern Bypass

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The Uganda National Roads Authority -UNRA has halted the planned ejection of illegal taxi stages from the Kampala Northern bypass.

The Authority had initially planned to evict the taxi's on account that they are the leading cause of traffic jams and accidents along the Northern bypass. It had, on this basis, asked the taxi operators to leave areas adjacent to the 21-kilometer bypass and return to the gazetted taxi parks.

UNRA had also planned an operation to eject the taxis, effective today, Tuesday, August 18. But Spokesperson, Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe said the exercise has temporarily been suspended pending consultations with law enforcement agencies and Kampala Capital City Authority-(KCCA)

According to Kyobe, Kampala Capital City Authority has to avail UNRA with the list of all illegal stages and taxi park leaders among others. He added that operations are expected to be taken on once the enforcement team is ready.

//Cue in; We do not…

Cue out…move or relocate.”//

But Timothy Ssenyange, the defence secretary at one of the stages near Bwaise roundabout told URN that although they had planned to relocate, they realised that all the gazetted parking areas are congested.  He added that unless new parks are created along the bypass, efforts to eliminate illegal stages may be futile.

//Cue in; "Okuva e Busega…

Cue out…park nga nene.”//

Kalerwe taxi park Acting chairperson, Dissan Mutaawe said that so far they have admitted eight taxis that were previously operating at some of the illegal stages. He, however, added that the space in the parking is also inadequate.

Some of the travellers in an interview told URN that traffic congestion along northern bypass has become unbearable. Jane Nandutu and Samuel Mawanda, who were travelling from Busega said they had spent almost one and a half hours on the road.

The Kampala Northern bypass was designed to relieve congestion and reduce travel time on several routes in and around Kampala.  It passes through Kampala and parts of Wakiso district starting from Bweyogerere on Jinja road to Busega where it joins the Entebbe expressway.

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