SGS, a vehicle inspection company, is currently holding sensitization campaigns across the country to teach different stakeholders on the importance of having their cars checked for mechanical fitness.
On Tuesday they held one in Gulu at the recently opened station, where SGS officials talked to a group of Gulu University students from the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biosystems Engineering programme.
At the station, the students were walked through vehicle inspection demonstration among other activities.
The station is located on Kampala-Gulu road, about 5 kilometres from Gulu town.
This mandatory exercise of inspecting vehicles is aimed at improving road safety by compelling motor vehicle owners and drivers to use safe and well-maintained vehicles.
Speaking at the same interaction with university students, Sergeant Alfred Ndiba, who represented the Officer in Charge Gulu Police Station hailed SGS for their role in backing trafficking police.
“One of the main causes of accidents is vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition. SGS will assist us in traffic in our aim of removing these cars from our roads,” he said.
On his part, SGG Country Manager, Christophe Dubois said that SGS is dedicated to enabling stakeholders access the vehicle inspection services.
“It has been a consultative process nationwide and today was no different. Engaging stakeholders constructively and empowering them with the idea that road safety education can make a difference is key,” he added.
Gulu Vehicle Inspection Station is the sixth of seven-fixed vehicle inspection test stations around the country.
The rest of the stations are in Kawanda on Bombo road, Nabbingo on Masaka road, Namulanda on Entebbe Road, Mbale and Mbarara.
Since the mandatory exercise began, nearly 35,000 cars have been inspected at the five stations.
In addition, the seventh and last fixed test station is under construction in Namanve on Jinja road.
Mobile units will cover several upcountry locations with sparse vehicle populations.
SGS conducts almost 44 million vehicle inspections worldwide for both emissions and roadworthiness.
In March 2015, Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport awarded SGS an exclusive contract to carry out vehicle inspections countrywide on its behalf.
The vehicle inspection exercise is carried out under “Safe Drive Uganda” – a road safety measure intended to ensure vehicle roadworthiness and reduce carnage on Ugandan roads.