Road Safety Partners Launch: Who Legislates Uganda’s Speed Limit Report

The Centre for Policy Analysis together with the road safety partners including the Ministry of Works and Transport, Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), Global Road Safety Partnership, and other civil society organisations that are members of the Road Safety Coalition Uganda (ROSACU), convened a Policy dialogue on Speed Regulations and launched a report titled ‘Who Legislates Uganda’s Speed Limits: A Legal Analysis of Regulations and Prescription of Speed Limits.’

The policy dialogue brought together key policy actors and other key stakeholders such as members of civil society, the traffic police and Members of Parliament.

Benon Kajuna the Director of Transport in the Ministry of Works and Transport thanked the CSOs under ROSACU and GHAI for their continued support and advocacy towards improved road safety legislation.

Benon Kajuna the Director of Transport in the Ministry of Works and Transport

“Road crashes continue to be an issue of great concern as one of the leading causes of deaths and permanent disability in Uganda. According to the Annual Traffic and Road Report of 2020, Speed contributed to 36% of all the 326 fatal crashes that were reported which makes it one of the highest risk factors in road safety.” — Benon Kajuna said.

He further commended ROSACU and GHAI for the study which he believes comprehensive research was done and thus will be adopted and used by the Ministry in its planning and work.

Sam Bambanza, the Executive Director of HOVITA, noted that the current maximum speed of vehicles going through busy areas such as schools and markets is 50km/hr and yet this should be 30km/hr according to the global limits and best practices recommended by WHO. . He further noted that studies have shown that reducing the speed limit from 50 KM/hr to 30 KM/hr reduces the chances of serious injuries or death by as much as 75% in case of a crash.

“The freedom of movement is a fundamental human right and that there is a need to support the youth by advocating to strengthen public safety for vulnerable road users.” Kenny Mulinde of the Youth Coalition of Road Safety said.

The report will inform the review of Speed Regulations to promote safety for all road users. The review of Speed regulations is urgently needed as speed is the leading contributor to road crashes in Uganda.

The Centre for Policy Analysis together with the road safety partners including the Ministry of Works and Transport, Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), Global

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