This is only here, incase it does not meet editorial standards for NMG.
I feel the need to educate Traffic Police on how to manage the now expanded Gayaza Road, especially at Kalerwe.
There is a space for an island – not very practical right now, as the road constructors made no provisions for criss-crossing from one side to another.
There are 2 lanes – even thought they are yet to be clearly marked – on either side of this island, and there are clearly marked Taxi-alighting zones, about 3 (Gayaza-town) and about 2 (town to gayaza). There is space for a full vehicle to park on the side , AFTER the 2nd lane, making it look like a 3rd lane – the reason for the expansion.
What road users need:
1. The inner most lane, on both sides, to be absolutely free of any and all disruptions (minus the occasional cut-in from mawanda road).
2. The second lane should be labeled a Taxi lane, and to be used by any taxi intending to stop.
3. The 3rd lane (which is really a parking space) should be used for parking and/or stopping – temporary or otherwise.
What the Traffic Police needs to do:
1. Maintain flow of traffic in the inner-most 2 lanes on either side of the road.
2. Fine, ON SPOT, anyone and everyone who stops and parks outside the parking lane.
3. Fine, ON SPOT, any taxi that does not stop at the designated Taxi Parking zone – (i imagine the Police let alone Traffic Department would need these funds)
Boda Bodas – These would automatically be ‘forced’ to park in the spots where vehicle drivers are no longer parking unnecessarily
Vendors – Same applies to Vendors
The culture of proper road use in Kampala cannot be learned by waving at drivers over a red light – yes, regardless of how the law empowers you to override – rather, by encouraging proper road use. Deterrent methods, especially FINES, are far more consistent and cause people to follow the traffic procedures far better, than getting me used to ignoring the traffic lights and driving whenever its convenient. This culture makes Ugandans very bad road users in the region and abroad.
Besides, unless the Police force has no use for the money got from the fines, i really do not understand why its too hard to issue traffic fines, on the spot – with room to appeal in court, if one feels aggrieved, within 24 hours – unless ofcourse the whole fines administration procedure is full of leaks and faults. But thats for another day.
Daily, i drive through 4 junctions with traffic cops, and in all 4, it has remained absolutely clear, if there were 5 cops, 4 assigned to all exits to issue fines of errant drivers, 1 would easily manage the rest of the directing in the middle of the junction. If i got fined twice, you can be sure i will learn my lesson, and if i don’t, you should have no problem asking me to pay a third time.
And whats all these green and blue clad cops doing? How can you say you are concerned with peace and security that you cannot foresee what helping the Traffic cops would do to help achieve your goal? Are you waiting for a bomb to go off, before you can swing into action to help whisk away more cars? Why not help before the bomb goes off?
I do not see what is so hard about fining ugandan drivers into the culture of proper road use, clearly gloved hands have not helped, and even at Kalerwe, 2 lanes wider, its mind-boggling that we still have traffic issues.