Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, has announced that the Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) has provided eight vehicles to remove abandoned or broken-down vehicles from the roads. This decision was made following a crisis meeting to discuss road safety in the country.
At the meeting, officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda Police Force, Uganda National Roads Authority, and Members of Parliament were present.
The meeting was held because of the numerous road crashes that have occurred in the recent past, including the deaths of several people such as a prominent businessman named Apollo Nyegamehe and a Link bus driver.
Another important decision made at the meeting was for the Ministry of Works and Transport to create rules within the next month to allow abandoned vehicles to be towed off the road. Specifically, regulations operationalizing sections 57, 58, and 59 of the Road Act 2019, which deal with towing off the road abandoned vehicles, will be tabled.
The crisis meeting held at the Speaker\’s Chambers resulted in UNRA providing eight tow vehicles to remove abandoned vehicles from the roads, and the Ministry of Works and Transport being tasked with developing regulations to operationalize the Road Act 2019 within a month\’s time.