By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Cabinet has approved a set of measures to address road carnage, among them installation of digital speed limiters in all commercial vehicles.
According to a statement issued by ICT and National Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze, the set of proposed measures by Ministry of Works and Transport were approved during a cabinet meeting at State House Entebbe on Monday.
Other measures approved include licensing of all goods vehicles requiring such vehicles to meet certain regulatory requirements, among them inspection for road worthiness.
The new measures come at a time when the country is mourning the death of 23 people in the Gaaga Bus accident last Friday on the Gulu-Kampala Highway in Kiryandongo district. Several other people were injured during the accident which also involved a tractor and a lorry carrying beer.
The other measures approved by cabinet include; accreditation of drivers of goods vehicles, introduction of a Graduated Driving License that will mandate drivers of commercial vehicles to undergo refresher courses and training and also establishment of Automated Driver Test Centers.
“This System is intended to minimize human bias and to allow learner drivers to undergo rigorous testing to confirm their competences to drive before issuance of driving permits,” the Minister said in the statement.
Cabinet also approved plans to step up road safety sensitization, awareness and strengthening of the coordination role of road safety activities by the Ministry of Works and Transport.