KAMPALA – Police has on Monday, June 24 launched the electronic Express Penalty Scheme in which payment of fines will be done through portable electronic machines and printers replacing receipt books.
The system will ease the tracking of defaulters because the system will now capture driving permit numbers and vehicle number plates.
In addition, it will help in identifying the offenders, tracking vehicles with pending penalties, reading vehicle number plates and driving permit details and outstanding penalties as well as a payment system.
According to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi, the new system will help encourage transparency as well as cracking down on defaulters.
Dr. Steven Kasiima, the Director of Traffic Uganda Police Force, says the Express Penalty System will help to reduce the number of drivers dodging the payment of penalties.
Vehicles without insurance will be fined Shillings 40,000, obscured number plates will pay Shillings 40,000, driving without a valid permit Shillings 100, 000, permitting a person not enrolled in driving school Shillings 100,000 and Shillings 200,000 for using good’s vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to others.
A total of 1400 traffic officers have been trained to use the new system.
In the previous 2018/19 financial year the Uganda Police Force asked for shillings 7 billion to finance a phone app that would help to track down motorists who default on traffic fines. This is in line with that initiative.
The automated system can track any car as long as its registration number is on the system, it produces receipts, tracks driving permits and issues express penalties to errant drivers.