UNRA steps up measure to regulate billboards advertisers, overloaded trucks

By Ambrose Gahene
Uganda Roads Authority {UNRA} has stepped up measures to regulate movement of overloaded trucks, advertising billboards along highways. The process has been made stringent as UNRA seeks to enforce new road sector regulations.
The Authority says enforcing these and other raft of measures as per several Acts and Regulations that govern the sector will help restore sanity on the roads, contribute to their longevity and also generate income for maintenance and construction works.
On November 14, 2017, Allen Kagina, Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) was joined by Minister of Works and Transport Eng. Monica Ntege Azuba to unveil three sets regulations, fulfilling requirements of the UNRA Act 2006.
At the ceremony held at UNRA offices in Kyambogo, Kagina told guests that in many audit reports, Auditor General John Muwanga had raised concerns over failure by UNRA to put in place the Regulations despite the fact that the UNRA Act was passed by Parliament 11years back and UNRA came into operation in 2008.
The three Regulations namely; The Uganda National Roads Authority (General) Regulations 2017, The Uganda National Roads Authority (Vehicle Dimensions and Load Control) Regulations 2017 and The Uganda National Roads Authority (Ferry Management) Regulations 2017 according to the Authority will come into operation in January 2018.
While explaining the new regulations to the guests, Mary Kutesa, Director Legal Services UNRA revealed that the old UNRA team had projected that the exercise would cost Ushs 6 Billion which funds would have been used by a private consultant, the figure was revised to Ushs3billion and the Authority used its own staff that ended up spending Ushs200Million instead of contracting out the exercise.
In her address, Kagina decried the red tape that’s affecting service delivery in Government institutions saying the vice has sowed negative seeds among public servants into thinking their counterparts in the private sector are better.According to UNRA, the regulations seek to control and manage the usage or activities carried out on the road itself, the road reserves and the Ferry Landing sites.
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