Passengers to be Fined for Not Wearing Seat Belts
Passengers are also going to be fined for not putting on seat belts, Ugandapicks has learned in the new traffic regulations.
Drivers will pay sh100,000 for talking on phone while driving. Among other things, faulty seat belts will be fined Shs80,000 if caught.
The new laws have been instituted in a new statutory instrument which was issued by the Minister of Transport and Works. When found committing the offense, offenders will pay a surcharge of 50% to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) if they fail to pay their Express Penalty Scheme tickets within 28 days.
Deputy police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said the new traffic regulations published in the Uganda Gazette will be implemented announced by the head of traffic police two weeks ago. “Our work is to enforce what the minister approved. So we are starting on Wednesday,” Mr Onyango said yesterday.
In the new regulations, drunk-drivers will be fined Shs200,000 although this will not rule out detention for up to 12 hours until the driver sobers up.
Passengers who do not wear seat belts will be given EPS tickets of Shs20,000. According to the Senior Traffic Commissioner, Steven Kasiima, the new rules are aimed at reducing the inconveniences.