ARUA. The police led by the traffic officers on Tuesday impounded 77 motorcycles and 60 vehicles in Arua town in what they said is aimed at ridding the road of accidents.
The operation targeted vehicles with dangerous mechanical conditions, those dangerously loaded, riders without helmets and insurance, and those without registration numbers plates as well as drivers without driving permits.
Ms Josephine Angucia, the West Nile regional police publicist said the various offenders were issued express penalties based on the nature of the offence committed. She said the express penalties ranged from 20,000-100,000 shillings for motorcycles while the range for vehicles is 20,000-200,000 shillings depending on the nature of offence committed.
Ms Angucia vowed the police will continue with the crackdown at regular intervals across the region warning the public to take heed to the warning and observe traffic regulations.
“These operations are not done for fun, those affected should really change because we as police don’t also feel good impounding the same machines again and again, we expect the owners to change and follow traffic rules” Mrs. Angucia said.
In 2013, the ministry of works and transport unveiled a new set of offences and instant fines under the express penalty scheme although its earlier enforcement began in 2002 in line with the Traffic and road safety act of 1998.
It permits authorities to charge minor offenders on the spot as opposed to taking them to court.
In December 2016, the then police boss Gen Kale Kayihura launched an operation code named “Fika Salama” to curb the increasing road carnage on the major highways of the country after an escalation of accidents.
Angucia said some of the vehicles and motorcycles after assessment by the inspector of vehicles were deregistered and fined at the same time. She said such is to force them to correct the mistakes and repair damages before going back on road.
Asked about the general impact of the police crackdown on the errand road users, Angucia said the methods are working although many errand humans need to be reminded frequently.
By press time, many of the impounded vehicles and motorcycles were still seen packed at Arua central police station and the nearby Boma grounds.