As public transport providers prepare to resume operations this week, Police have cautioned them against returning vehicles which are in poor mechanical conditions on the roads across the country.
This caution was passed by police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga in a press briefing held at the Media Center in Kampala on Tuesday.
According to Police, the country shall witness an increase in activities with the addition of public transport within the inland districts on Thursday.
“We encourage those in the public transport business such as drivers and owners of taxis, minibusses, and buses that are going to ply different routes that they organize themselves, they should ensure that their vehicles are corrected during this period before returning on the roads,” he said
He noted that some operators have not been taking good care of their motor vehicles so they should use this opportunity to ensure they are in good mechanical conditions such that they are not got on the wrong side of the law.
The law enforcement body maintains that much as public transport is getting back, enforcement of traffic and health guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of Covid19 shall continue unhindered.
Police say that their officers shall ensure that the presidential directive of public service vehicles not carrying to full capacity is followed by all operators without favor.
The President ordered that taxis and buses should ensure social distancing by carrying half of their seating capacity for a given period of time.
Relatedly, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) also in its effort to restructure the transport systems in the city issued new guidelines for taxi operators that are going to operate in the post covid19 period.
Amongst them, operators must acquire route charts from the Ministry of Works and Transport and also change the colour of their vehicles basing on their areas of operation.
They were also given a period of six months up to December 31 to take vehicles for inspection at SGS inspection centers.
For people operating in shopping malls, Police said that they should learn to live and work with the threat of coronavirus and not the old ways.
“You should wear masks, keep social distance, wash your hands at all times and ensure daily temperature screening of workers entering malls and respect curfew time,” said police spokesperson Fred Enanga.