By Fred Kiva
The Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) is full of hope in the new regulations on road asset management issued recently. The regulations are the first ever since the enactment of the Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA Act in 2006.
The new regulations, gazzated on August 31, 2017 spell out offenses on national roads, each with its corresponding penalty. Allan Ssempebwa, the Media Relations Manager at UNRA says the regulations now pave way for full operationalization of the UNRA Act.
“So, we had an Act but could not operationalize it without regulations,” he said.
Ssempebwa explained that the regulations were developed and implemented by UNRA’s legal team, with support of other relevant government agencies.
”We therefore saved government on the cost of consultancy,” he said
The roads body is now hopeful that the new regulations will help in instilling a culture of good road behavior.
“In the end we hope to instill a culture of good road behavior and to ensure our road asset is protected and managed as well as ensuring safety of all road users,” Ssempebwa noted.
The over 50 offenses listed among others include; damaging of the national road, which attracts a fine not exceeding two hundred currency points or imprisonment not exceeding twenty four months or both.
The other offence is erection of illegal humps, “A person who is not a contractor shall not construct a road hump on a national road. A person who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable, on conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred currency points or imprisonment not exceeding twenty four months or both and in addition, court may order the convicted person to remove the road hump and restore the road to its original condition,” states regulation number 49 on erection of road humps.