The Ministry of Works last week directed a total of four major bus companies to have their fleets re-inspected.
The bus companies directed to undertake this mandatory exercise are Gaagaa, Link, Gateway and Baby Coach.
In the directive from the Ministry Permanent Secretary Waiswa Bageya, the buses were to be inspected at the SGS inspection stations in Namanve, Kawanda, Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara.
The PS said the directive followed “the recent spate of accidents involving passenger buses which led to loss of lives and infliction of serious injuries on traveling passengers.”
Buses belonging to the four companies have been involved in accidents in the recent past, the most fatal being the Gaagaa bus which killed 23 people in Kiryandongo late last month.
As per the ministry’s directive, the bus inspection exercise was to be conducted by Monday June 11th
Officials both at SGS and the National Road Safety Council under the Ministry of Works on Wednesday promised to get back to us on which of the bus companies had complied with the directive so far.
In 2015, SGS, a private company, was contracted by the Government of Uganda to carry out mandatory vehicle inspection and have since built seven inspection stations around the country.
All vehicles that pass the inspection test, receive a certificate and red sticker of fitness.
This sticker is meant to be clearly displayed on the vehicle’s windscreen and members of the public are encouraged to look out for this sticker before boarding a bus for the sake of their safety.