New digital system to help police keep track of traffic offenders who fail to pay penalties

BY Robert Segawa

Uganda Police has today launched an automated digitized Express penalty Scheme ( EPS ) which will involve immediate electronic issuing of penalty tickets to road offenders once they are arrested.

The new Express Penalty Scheme launched today will now have the traffic police officers move from manual process of issuing express tickets to road offenders especially drivers to an electronic process who will then pay the charges in the Bank on URA account.

Speaking at the event Naguru police headquarter the director of traffic police AIGP Dr Steven Kasiima says that the Electronic EPS process is intended to cut on cost for implementation to correct anomalies that come with human error by respective traffic officers.

He further adds that the EPS system commenced in 2002 in four district’s include Masaka, Mukono, Mpigi and Luwero in pilot study before it was strolled out country wide.

Kasiima says since it’s exception the scheme has had several challenges like offend driver’s have thrown away printed tickets and evaded payment along with poor handwriting by some officer’s that driver say they don’t understand.

He says the electric system will do away with all these anomalies.

Dr Steven Kasiima noted that they have so far trained a total of 1400 traffic officers have been trained in this system and they have distributed 135 computer’s and all the necessary equipment and mini printers to the trained traffic officers

During the launch of this system at police headquarters Naguru, the Deputy Inspector General Of Police Maj Gen Sabiiti Mzeei the system will help the traffic police to track traffic offenders who fail to pay the penalties.

Maj Gen Sabiiti Mzeei also noted that will help police to effectively monitor road offenders to avoid future road carnages as well as supervising the operation of their traffic officers on duty.

134 traffic offenders have been arrested

By Robert Ssegawa

A total of 134 traffic offenders have been arrested along the Kampala Masaka High way. They were arrested in operation “FIKA SALAAMA” conducted over weekend by police to crack down on in disciplined drivers.

Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye says the group has been arraigned in courts of laws on different traffic offences including overloading, over speeding and driving vehicle in poor mechanical condition.

The joint operation with ministry of Works and Transport and UNRA is still ongoing in the hot spots of Mpigi, Kamengo, and Buwama.

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Jennifer Musisi wants traffic officer off traffic light spots

The executive Director Kampala Capital City authority, Jennifer Musisi wants police officers to stop controlling traffic flows at the traffic light junctions to allow KCCA test the newly installed traffic lights at different junctions in city center.

Musisi says  the authority received traffic lights worth 1.5 billion shillings and have been placed at junctions like Nakawa and Wandegeya to ease the flow of traffic.

However, Musisi adds that the functioning of the new lights can not be evaluated since traffic police officers still control traffic despite installation of new lights.

Musisi asked motorists to respect traffic light rules to help ease congestion in the city and warned that  those  who will be arrested for not following the traffic lights will face court of law.