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Police officers work on the scene of a accident between a truck and a bus on Kampala-Masaka road recently. Courtesy Photo

Police in New Drive to Reduce Road Accidents

Deputy Director Traffic and Road Safety, Bazil Mugisha urged the Inspectorates to ensure all drivers undergo thorough testing before hitting the road to avoid accidents.
posted onNovember 6, 2018
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By Kampala Post Reporter

KAMPALA. A total of 28 Inspectorates of Vehicles (I.o.Vs) have completed a three day workshop at Police headquarters, Naguru, aimed at reducing the upsurging cases of accidents on the roads.

The workshop that started on Friday and ended on Sunday was running under the theme; "The Role of an Inspectorate of Vehicles in road safety". 

Deputy Director Traffic and Road Safety, Bazil Mugisha highlighted the need for refresher courses for officers.

"Let me start by appreciating the Commissioner in charge of Inspectorate of Vehicles for understanding the importance of training and human resource development. The only way to improve effective service delivery is through human resource training and development," Mr. Mugisha said.

He urged the Inspectorates to ensure all drivers undergo thorough testing before hitting the road to avoid accidents.

"When you wake up every morning, ask yourself what you are going to do. Your job is to save lives by inspecting vehicles and learner drivers thoroughly. Through that, you will be saving lives, property and the billions of money spent on accidents by the government and by so doing you are impacting people's lives," he said.

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Inspectorates of Vehicles pose for a photo after the workshop. Courtesy Photo

"Look at it in a way that every person dying on the road you could be responsible. Test drivers thoroughly and make sure they have passed," he added.

Acting Commissioner of inspectorate of vehicles, ACP Kirungi Suleiman added his voice on the need to have inspectorates of vehicles trained.

"We have come to realize that human resource development is a very important factor in any organization so we realized a need for a basic orientation training of all inspectorates of vehicles all over the country," he said.

Kirungi also noted that Inspectorates of vehicles are mandated by the Police Act to inspect vehicles especially those in poor mechanical conditions (DMCS), those involved in accidents and also testing drivers for competence before acquiring driving permits.

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