Masaka Traffic Police Hunt for Penalty Fee Defaulters

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Traffic police in Masaka district is hunting for motorists for failure to pay over Shs 20m fines under the Express Penalty Scheme (EPS).

Traffic police in Masaka district is hunting for motorists for failure to pay over Shs 20m fines under the Express Penalty Scheme (EPS).
 
Masaka district Traffic Officer Beijuka said that police want an explanation from errant motorists who committed traffic offences in 2012 and have failed to pay the fines within the stipulated 28 calendar days under the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998.
 
He said that from January to December, traffic police officers issued about 4406 receipts to undisciplined drivers of coach buses, omnibuses and salon car taxis with specified amount of money depending on the offence committed but 234 receipts remained unpaid after issuance.
 
Beijuka revealed that traffic police collected Shs 221m in fines levied against on errant motorists who committed traffic offences in 2012 but over Shs 20m is still in arrears.
 
He said that the traffic offences were committed on routes along Masaka-Kampala, Masaka-Mbarara and Masaka-Kyotera road.
 
Drivers who were found guilty of carrying excess passengers were fined Shs60, 000, over speeding Shs 100,000 and those whose vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition were fined Shs 50,000.
 
He said that drivers who have evaded payment of the fines will be arrested and charged in court.
 
However, traffic police have launched a new system of arresting errant motorist and hold their vehicles until they pay the money because so many drivers default EPS payments.