News & Up­dates:

Parliamentarians have attributed the increasing road carnage to the failure of the Government to enforce the installation of speed governors in all public service vehicles.

The concern follows two grisly accidents that happened on Wednesday Moring. At least 20 people were reported dead from an accident involving a Link bus along the Fort Portal-Kyenjojo Road in Kabarole, western Uganda, and six people were reported dead in an accident along the Mbale-Tirinyi Road in the east of the country.

The matter was raised by Bukooli Central County MP, Solomon Silwany, who was concerned that the Ministry of Works and Transport had failed to enforce the statutory instrument on speed governors issued in 2004.

He was concerned that the country continues to report increasing cases of road carnage even when there exists a legal framework for the same.

Silwany noted that many times, the speed on highways is determined by the driver with minimal or no regulation from authorities, especially by public service vehicles.

In order to reduce the number of accidents involving passenger service vehicles, in 2004 the Ministry of Works and Transport issued a statutory instrument on speed governors. The speed governors, whose use was implemented by Police, were intended to limit the speed of buses and trucks.

However, encountering a number of challenges during the implementation exercise, in 2008 the authorities relaxed on enforcing their use, and subsequently speed governors were withdrawn.

Silwany called upon the Government to regulate speed on highways with a keen interest in public service vehicles by having speed governors installed in all public buses.

Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa who chaired the Plenary Sitting on Wednesday, 4th May 2022 noted that the matter in question was a very serious matter that required a structured response from Government. He asked Silwany to present the matter as an urgent matter directed to the Prime Minister in order for it to receive a sufficient response.