URRENO call for a regulation for reduction of speed limits, blood alcohol content

By Kabuye Ronald Civil society organization advocating for the strengthening of the traffic and road safety laws and regulations in abide to reduce road accidents have urged the Ministry of Works and transport and the Uganda Police Force to fully enforce the available laws and regulations. Addressing journalists in Kampala as one of the activities to commemorate the National Road safety week that commenced on 13th and ending on 19th, December, 2021, the executive director of Uganda Road Accident Reduction Network Organizations (URRENO), Fred Tumwine  Urged duty bearers to quicken the passing of regulations for reduction of speed limits to 30kms per hour from 50 within urban centers and around schools as a measure to curb road carnage. Tumwine wants a regulation advocating for reduction of the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) from the current 0,08mg/100ml to 0.05mg/100ml for general drivers and 0.02mg/100ml for young and novice drivers and commercial drivers. Tumwine also called for the enfo

URRENO call for a regulation for reduction of speed limits, blood alcohol content

By Kabuye Ronald

Civil society organization advocating for the strengthening of the traffic and road safety laws and regulations in abide to reduce road accidents have urged the Ministry of Works and transport and the Uganda Police Force to fully enforce the available laws and regulations.

Addressing journalists in Kampala as one of the activities to commemorate the National Road safety week that commenced on 13th and ending on 19th, December, 2021, the executive director of Uganda Road Accident Reduction Network Organizations (URRENO), Fred Tumwine

 Urged duty bearers to quicken the passing of regulations for reduction of speed limits to 30kms per hour from 50 within urban centers and around schools as a measure to curb road carnage.

Tumwine wants a regulation advocating for reduction of the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) from the current 0,08mg/100ml to 0.05mg/100ml for general drivers and 0.02mg/100ml for young and novice drivers and commercial drivers.

Tumwine also called for the enforcement of standards of elements and spare parts on market.

“Enforce standards for helmets and spare parts on market and their use especially during the festival season, manage road crash data for sustainable interventions, the duty bearers should also lead road safety awareness campaigns and avail credible information about safety of the vehicle, roads, road users and management of road crash emergency” said Tumwine

from left Sam Bambaza ED HOVITA, Fred Tumwine ED URRENO and Eng. Fred Ssengendo Chairperson CISCOT

In the same way Engineer Fred Ssengendo, the chairperson of Civil Society Coalition on Transport (CISCOT) called for behavior change for all road users before urging government to revive the SGS operations that include inspection, testing, certification & verification services to ensure that products, services & systems meet quality, safety & performance standards of all motorcycles and vehicles on the road on behalf of government.

It should be recalled that the contract of SGS to carry out the above particular work was put on halt after finding out that they never followed the right PPDA rules to get it.

He also wants road safety to be included in the school calcium from primary one to primary seven and in colleges especially in teacher training colleges 

Sam Bambaza, the executive director of Hope for Victims of Traffic Accident (HOVITA) decried of the Corruption in the sector which he said has turned out to be a cancer since it starts from contract awarding to road construction up to the end road user thus calling for everybody to join fight against it.  

Bambaza also says that during festive seasons the country gets mass casualties which he attributed to fatigue of the public transport operators hence calling upon them to get enough rest or recruit more operators during the season.

He also attributed the cause to over speeding, poor mechanical conditions of the vehicles and carelessness by both the drivers and passengers.

According to the Uganda police annual crime and traffic report 2020, more than 10 people die every day due to road crash incidents and Uganda spends US Dollars 2.4 billion on such incidents according to Global Road Safety Facility 2016 report

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