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Traffic police launch electronic penalty system

A traffic officer demonstrating how the EPS works

A traffic officer demonstrating how the EPS works

Police has launched an electronic Express Penalty System (EPS) for errant drivers. 

Police director of traffic, Dr Steven Kasiima says the EPS will help to reduce the number of drivers dodging the payment of penalties. He says some drivers have unpaid penalties worth up to Shs 5m which he says will no longer be the case because the automated system tracks vehicle location. 

The system has functionalities which include identifying the offender, tracking vehicles with pending penalties, reading vehicle number plates and driving permit details and outstanding penalties as well as a payment system. 

Kasiima says more than 1400 traffic officers have been trained on using the EPS system and their details incorporated. Traffic officers shall be going on duty with a gadget that would be used to read the offence of the driver and the pending penalties.   

Kasiima says only 50 per cent of traffic offenders have been paying traffic offence penalties but the EPS will rectify the situation. Vehicles without insurance will be fined Shs 40,000, obscured number plates will pay Shs 40,000, driving without a valid permit Shs 100,000, permitting a person not enrolled in driving school Shs 100,000 and Shs 200,000 for using a good’s vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to others. 

Police earned Shs 8bn from penalties last year and most of the cases were of driving carelessly and vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition.

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