Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said vehicle inspection role to the Uganda Police Force under the Inspectorate of Motor Vehicles should be a priority if road accidents are to reduce in the country.
Kadaga’s call came during the launch of the Legislative Action Plan on Road Safety, where she also received a petition on the campaign for safer roads by the Parliamentary Forum on Road Safety (PAFROS) on Friday at Parliament.
“As the government, we need to reallocate the vehicle inspection role to the Police and provide them with the necessary funding to carry out training and capacity building to implement the inspection,” Kadaga said.
“We have been talking about installing CCTV cameras in this city and country. I don’t know how far that programme has gone. These will be very useful in spotting those who cause carnage on our roads,” Kadaga added.
According to Transport state minister Aggrey Bagiire, road carnage needs concerted effort if it is to reduce.
“Road safety is completely underfunded. I appeal to the August House to take affirmative action and allocate resources for road safety initiatives and interventions,” Bagiire said.
Partners with the Parliamentary Forum on Road Safety including the World Health Organization, the World Bank and Safeway Right Way acknowledged that road carnage in Uganda needed urgent action for express improvement of road use.
“Uganda loses about 2.5 per cent of its GDP through road carnage and has a track record of aging vehicle fleets,” Florentin de Loppinot, Managing Director Total Uganda Ltd said.
Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Yonas Woldemariam said: “road safety requires strong partnership because 33 per cent of hospital beds in Africa are occupied by road accident victims.”
PAFROS chairperson Alex Ruhunda (Fort Portal municipality MP) explained that the Legislative Action Plan on Road Safety was based on a gap analysis of the current Traffic and Road Safety Act, as well as best practice with regard to road design, construction and maintenance.