Vehicle inspection company SGS on Friday launched its seventh vehicle inspection station in Uganda.
The facility in Namanve, near Seeta and Bweyogerere, about 15 kilometers from downtown Kampala, will be used to inspect all types of vehicles.
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.
This mandatory exercise is aimed at improving road safety by compelling motor vehicle owners and drivers to use safe and well-maintained vehicles.
Environmental conservation is an additional goal; vehicle emissions, one of the main sources of air pollution, will be tested.
According to the company’s country manager, Christophe Dubois, the Namanve Station is the seventh of seven-fixed vehicle inspection test stations around the country.
The company’s first vehicle inspection station in Kawanda started operations on November 28, 2016.
“A mobile inspection station was set up at Namboole Stadium parking lot in February 2017, the second fixed inspection station in Nabbingo on Masaka road was inaugurated on 3rd May 2017, the third inspection station in Namulanda on Entebbe Road was opened on 31st May 2017, the fourth inspection station in Mbale was opened in September 2017, the fifth inspection station was opened in Mbarara in January 2018 and the sixth inspection station was opened in Gulu in March 2018,” he said in a statement.
“Since the mandatory exercise began, nearly 35,000 cars have been inspected at the five stations. Mobile units will cover several upcountry locations with sparse vehicle populations.”
SGS conducts almost 44 million vehicle inspections worldwide for both emissions and roadworthiness.