Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has advised the government to introduce a new generation of number plates and ATM-like smart driver’s license with a QR code to curb road crashes which has claimed lives of many Ugandans in the past years.
Speaking to the media in Kampala on Monday, FDC deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo said that this kind of technology will improve road safety and lessen crime on the roads, saying that there is need to improve on road safety.
He told the media that the move will reduce human interaction which in the long run improves the working relations between enforcers and the road users.
“We advise the ministry of works to emulate their Kenyan counterparts who introduced a new generation of number plates and ATM-like Smart driver’s Licence with a QR code, and hologram, “he noted.
Kikonyogo said the transport sector in Uganda is characterized by a system breakdown to smoothly manage, and maintain it and coupled with several disjointed measures that have been aimed at improving it.
For example, he said in the current fracas in the boda boda section in Kampala, where the ongoing registration of the operators has seen many criticise the whole exercise has stalled because of the lack of a clear-cut policy on registration and psychiatric evaluation of the boda boda riders from the government.
“40,000 boda boda motorcyclists are operating around Kampala metropolitan area but the government is calling for 7000 only, so, we would like to understand where the remaining motorcyclists are supposed to go, “he said.
With the exorbitant fees ranging from shs 70, 000 per boda motorcyclist that was being charged by the enforcement, Kikonyogo queried where it and on whose account was it being deposited.
“We demand that the government and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) technical wing follow the law that guides the public transport sector because the city council is the one mandated to run the process of registration and management, “he noted.
He condemned the violent manner used by the traffic police to get all the unpaid EPS fees from offenders on Kampala metropolitan area roads.