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Traffic police launch electronic penalty system

A traffic officer demonstrating how the EPS works

A traffic officer demonstrating how the EPS works

Police has launched an electronic Express Penalty System (EPS) for errant drivers. 

Police director of traffic, Dr Steven Kasiima says the EPS will help to reduce the number of drivers dodging the payment of penalties. He says some drivers have unpaid penalties worth up to Shs 5m which he says will no longer be the case because the automated system tracks vehicle location. 

The system has functionalities which include identifying the offender, tracking vehicles with pending penalties, reading vehicle number plates and driving permit details and outstanding penalties as well as a payment system. 

Kasiima says more than 1400 traffic officers have been trained on using the EPS system and their details incorporated. Traffic officers shall be going on duty with a gadget that would be used to read the offence of the driver and the pending penalties.   

Kasiima says only 50 per cent of traffic offenders have been paying traffic offence penalties but the EPS will rectify the situation. Vehicles without insurance will be fined Shs 40,000, obscured number plates will pay Shs 40,000, driving without a valid permit Shs 100,000, permitting a person not enrolled in driving school Shs 100,000 and Shs 200,000 for using a good’s vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to others. 

Police earned Shs 8bn from penalties last year and most of the cases were of driving carelessly and vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition.

Comments

+2 #1 A K Mukasa 2019-06-24 18:55
Prima facie evidence that the people in the picture all come from the same village.

When did it get to this? There has never been a regime this nepotistic. It is interesting how they have managed to gag Ugandans by using the law, which should prevent nepotism, as a sword rather than a shield.

We are not supposed to comment on the blatant nepotism as there is a danger that we might fall foul of the law that criminalises nepotism. How ironic!
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+2 #2 Wooden K. 2019-06-24 19:20
This looks like Kwererana show .

Where are other Ugandans in this ?
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0 #3 Karemire 2019-06-24 22:15
Quoting A K Mukasa:
Prima facie evidence that the people in the picture all come from the same village.

When did it get to this? There has never been a regime this nepotistic. It is interesting how they have managed to gag Ugandans by using the law, which should prevent nepotism, as a sword rather than a shield.

We are not supposed to comment on the blatant nepotism as there is a danger that we might fall foul of the law that criminalises nepotism. How ironic!


Well, I assume that you are making a compliment for Obote 1 &2 regimes.

For the obvious reason that Akena is deep inside the den, I will volunteer to accept that compliment to on the former president's behalf.
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+3 #4 Lysol 2019-06-25 02:01
Anytime the regime acquired some new gadgets for it's militias it gets too excited. In the more developed countries they use cameras to detect speedy drives or those who run the red lights.

On another note the CCTV cameras which were installed in downtown Kampala have not even worked to deter criminals.

In today's Uganda nothing really works; a symbol of a failing corrupt state. Without a real regime change Ugandans will continue to be fooled, fleece and robbed (financially).
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0 #5 kabayekka 2019-06-25 07:15
Indeed these penalty systems assist to reduce careless drivers off the roads and reduce accidents.

They are already working well in many developed countries especially because there is alternative public transport systems that are in place for the public to travel fast, safely and without the worry of owning expensive vehicles. What of the traffic jams that can last one to two hours.

It seems that with all the misery of bad roads and such new penalty devices, drivers in Uganda are receiving double or thrice penalties for trying to travel to work every day.
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0 #6 kabayekka 2019-06-25 07:28
The 8 billion shillings as revenue from traffic penalties is a very small amount compared to what all the taxes paid on fossil fuels, and spare parts of all the imported second hand cars.

There is the insurance that is paid without any hope of ever recovering any benefit. Getting to work in this country is the most expensive and stressful experience any sane driver ever receives in this country.
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+1 #7 Mama Mia 2019-06-25 14:08
Quoting A K Mukasa:
Prima facie evidence that the people in the picture all come from the same village.

When did it get to this? There has never been a regime this nepotistic. It is interesting how they have managed to gag Ugandans by using the law, which should prevent nepotism, as a sword rather than a shield.

We are not supposed to comment on the blatant nepotism as there is a danger that we might fall foul of the law that criminalises nepotism. How ironic!


It's clear that you are the so called people power activist or you were itching to apply your newly catch word "Prima Facie Case" and the misuse of the phrase not withstanding, the male traffic police officer with the nose bigger than his head is definitely your village mate.
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0 #8 Wooden K. 2019-06-25 22:07
Mama Mia , I always admire your wisedom.

But this time you got it wrong
the guy with a nose larger than his head is not O kahinda, though this is a twarire outfit .
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0 #9 A K Mukasa 2019-06-25 23:04
Mama Mia,

I must have touched a raw nerve. With that pseudo name you are probably one of the individuals in the picture thus the reason for your personal attacks which are beneath contempt.

For your information the male traffic officer is Dr Steven Kansiima Munanura so you are not so clever after all.

I hope you do not think that Otafire is also from my village given his looks as they are so important to you. Please crawl back under the rock you came from.
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