Government hints on plans to ban taxis in Kampala for 42 days after lockdown

KCCA issues route charts for registered taxis, buses as they start operation on Thursday
Old taxi park in recent days before lockdown

KAMPALA- In a bid to streamline the transport industry in Kampala, The Ministry of Kampala has proposed a 42 day ban on taxis in the city after the lockdown in a move where only registered taxis would be allowed to operate in the city.

On Monday, Ms. Betty Amongi the Minister for Kampala said that KCCA had with effect from today, Friday May 29th 2020 started assigning taxi drivers with route plans and stages that they will each be plying as the country prepares to open public transport.

“All taxi operators should report to KCCA to be assigned the parks/stages and routes where they will be operating. After obtaining stage/route where you will operate, you will then report to Ministry of Works and Transport to obtain a Temporary Route chart valid until 31st Dec. 2020,”Amongi said on Thursday.

The Kampala Minister said for now, mandatory fees payable by taxi drivers include the PSV license, renewal of driving permit if expired and third party insurance.

Guidelines after lockdown

President Museveni recently announced that public transport will resume on June 4 as government gradually lifting the nationwide lockdown.

Addressing journalists on Thursday, the Kampala Minister said there are a number of strict guidelines put in place and should be followed by taxi drivers after lifting of the lockdown.

“Public transport owners must adopt modalities for the protection of public transport workers during the pandemic with adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), reducing direct contact between staff and passengers, checking temperature and using any other system of monitoring for possible symptoms,”Amongi said.

She noted that all taxis and buses will operate at half capacity, whereas touts will not be allowed in taxi parks and stages.

The new guidelines to help in prevention of Coronavirus will see each taxi have hand washing facilities whereas passengers will be required to line on marked points at each taxi stage as a measure of promoting social distancing.

“No passenger should be allowed in the PSV without a mask. A vehicle found carrying passengers without a mask risk losing their PSV licence,” the minister said.



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