Kampala Taxi Drivers Resist Training Courses

approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Taxi drivers will be taken to the UDSA to gain experience, adiposity new techniques in driving in order to reduce on the rate of road accidents.

advice geneva;”>However, taxi drivers are opposed to the idea.

The Chairman Drivers and Conductors Association, Mustapha Mayambala has promised to drag the traffic police to courts of law if they go ahead with the initiative, emphasizing, “This is a real trick being played to steal taxi drivers’ money.”

Mustapha went ahead to urge all the drivers on Tuesday to oppose the introduction of this idea since its one way of exploiting them.

He noted: “This is a way of exploiting drivers. Imagine the Police wants a driver with a first class to be paying Shs 750,000, Shs 500,000 for a second class and Shs 250,000 for a third class. This is unfair.”


William Sazi, a taxi driver on Mengo stage in Kampala city told Chimpreports that, “No driver can be trained for only two weeks and gain experience in driving.”

He believes it is a trick by the traffic police and the UDSA training school to embezzle the drivers’ money.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Kaye, a driver in Bassajabalaba Taxi Park said, “Issuing of these budges is good because we get to keep our jobs and reduce on accidents.”

However, he noted that the amount of money demanded is exorbitant, suggesting it be reduced to at least Shs 100,000 to all drivers since the training period is also small.

The recklessness and incompetence among taxi drivers and boda boda riders has led to a sharp rise in the number of the accidents in the country.

The Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 indicates that Uganda had 2,954 deaths in 2010.

Police records show that in 2011, Uganda lost 3,343 people in road accidents, 630 of them children and 14,000 were injured.

According to Works Minister Eng. Abraham Byandala, road accidents are affecting Uganda’s development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, with the country losing at least Shs800b per year in the carnage.

“There is the emotional loss; cost of treatment in hospitals, cost of investigation of the accidents, there is damage to vehicles and property. If accidents are minimized, money can be saved for hospitals and schools,” said Byandala recently in Kampala.

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