Shs100,000 for driving while on phone
. Drivers caught making or receiving phone calls while driving, will have to pay Shs100,000 and if your seatbelts are faulty, it is time to fix them or else you will be made to part with a Shs80,000 fine when caught.
In the new statutory instrument issued by the Minister of Transport and Works, traffic offenders given Express Penalty Scheme tickets but fail to pay within 28 days will pay a surcharge of 50 per cent to Uganda Revenue Authority.According to the deputy police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango, enforcement of the new traffic regulations will go on as announced by the head of traffic police two weeks ago. “In the new regulations, drunk-drivers will be fined Shs200,000 but police said the fine does not rule out detention for up to 12 hours until the driver sobers up. Before the new instrument, drunk-drivers were arrested and arraigned in court where they were fined between Shs400,000 and Shs1.2 million or sentenced to imprisonment for not less than six months but not exceeding two years or both.
While drivers found not wearing seatbelt will pay Shs80,000, passengers who do not wear seatbelts will also be given EPS tickets of Shs20,000. Senior Traffic Commissioner Steven Kasiima said the new rules are meant to reduce inconveniences caused to errant motorists when they have committed minor traffic offences.The second regulation on driving tests and special provisions expects drivers of public service vehicles and vehicles carrying goods, including boda boda riders, to have badges.