Kayihura Irked by Misuse of Sirens, Right of Way

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), pharm Gen. Kale Kayihura has expressed concern about the rate at which motorists misuse motor vehicle Sirens, Roof Lights and right of way saying it has caused a serious public outcry.

This, is according to a statement released by the Police Public Relations officer, AIGP Felix Kaweesi on Saturday morning.

“The Inspector General of Police has noted with serious concern the degree at which motorists abuse the use of motor vehicle Sirens, Roof Lights and right of way with total disregard of traffic and road safety law and regulations,” the statement read in part.

“The abuse has not only caused public outcry but has also led to heavy traffic jams and accidents on highway leading to Kampala Capital City especially Entebbe Road.”

Kaweesi said that the abuse is done by both civilians and security officials who have illegally installed sirens, roof lights for their convenience reasons rather than responding to emergencies as it should be.

According to Section 123 (3) of Traffic and Road Safety Act, 1998, an emergency motor vehicle is “a motor vehicle, trailer or engineering plant for the purpose of the Police, Ambulances, motor vehicles of armed forces and such other vehicles that may be designated by the Minister by a statutory order.”

Kaweesi noted that under this provision, in 2004, the Minister of Works and Transport designated the Convoy of the President, the convoy of the Vice President, the vehicles of the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice, the vehicles of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament and the vehicles of Prime Minister to have the same right as emergency motor vehicles.

He revealed that the IGP declared the abuse as criminal and directed Traffic Police to form a squad that will monitor, Impound, arrest and prosecute drivers of such vehicles that abuse the regulation.


“The Commandant VIPPU has been directed to formulate standard operating procedures and sensitize all drivers of Lead and Escort cars on rules and regulations that apply when escorting dignitaries,” Kaweesi said, advising private and government officials who have illegally installed sirens to remove them with immediate effect.

“Any person who has been using sirens and roof light for the purposes of gating the right of way and does not fall under the above mentioned categories should seek authorization from the Minister of Works and Transport in accordance with Section 123(5) of the Act.”

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