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Uganda: Taxis and buses refused to work without route charts

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Government has said that no public transport vehicle will be allowed to operate without a route chart, as buses and taxis ready to resume their operations Thursday following a 2-month-long ban due to coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Betty Amongi said that Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Ministry of Works and Transport are registering all commuter public transport operators to regulate operations of the industry.

The registration is being conducted in Kampala at Old Kampala Secondary School and Kitante Primary School. These registration centers will be open until June 30.

So far, a total of 1,500 taxis and 300 buses and their drivers/owners plying various routes in the country have been registered.

Amongi said that of these, about 500 taxis have registered to operate upcountry destinations across the country and 300 buses out of 1000 have registered to start operating.

Some of the towns where taxis have registered to operate from are: Jinja, Mbale, Kapchorwa, Soroti, Busembatya, lganga, Mayuge, Busia, Gulu, Mpigi, Mbarara, Rushere, Sembabule, Fort Portal, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, lbanda, Kiruhura, Gomba, Masindi, Lira, Soroti, Nakasongola, Mubende among others.

“We have completed marking 3 out of the seven parks. Marking of the rest is ongoing. All Parks shall have a health officer attached to monitor enforcement of SOPS. Each park shall screen passengers for any signs and symptoms of COVID 19,” the Minister said.

Under the same SOPs, if any passenger exhibits a temperature of 37.5 degrees and above, the vehicle operator will hand over that passenger to the KCCA health officer at the Park or call the toll free lines already provided to them.

The Minister has cautioned all public transport operating upcountry routes that has not yet registered against driving to the city on Thursday.

“Operators that have not completed the registration and have no private means should use the already registered and authorized public transport to come to the registration centers”.

Stage One of the process of registration under KCCA requires; a copy of the motor vehicle logbook Motor vehicle owner, National Identification Card Valid Driving Permit, Driver’s National ID, Driver’s and Owner’s telephone numbers, and a copy of the PSV License.

In case the vehicle owner’s name is not the one that appears in the log book, the person registering will be required to have a sales agreement of the vehicle being registered. KCCA will then issue to the applicant a letter of registration with a route number.

Stage Two of the process which is under Ministry of Works and Transport requires; a letter from KCCA indicating allocated route number, a PSV License of the vehicle, a Valid Driving permit of the driver, and evidence of third party insurance.

It is upon completion of the above that the Ministry of Works and Transport will issue the operator a route chart.

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