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Police To Crack Down On Vehicles With Pending EPS Tickets

Uganda police has announced that it is going to stage operations targeting vehicles with unpaid Express Penalty Scheme EPS tickets.

According to SCP Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, he said the force records have it that all traffic defaulters/violators are pending EPS tickets arrears of Ugx 8bn. He said it is against this background that he is reminding all traffic penalty defaulters to clear their payments.

Additionally, he also said that those who think they can evade paying the tickets way over their heads on that matter. He stressed about that the force is commencing operations to crack down on all traffic penalty defaulters on Monday 22th August 2022.

Enanga also encouraged those with these tickets to head to the bank and clear them. This is before getting caught on the other side of the law.

“Do not ignore to pay a traffic ticket because it is an obligation for a traffic violator or defaulter to respond to a traffic ticket within the stipulated time. Failure to do so, you will be deemed guilty by the law. As a result, one may face a surcharge for late payment of 50%. Or have their motor vehicle impounded. Their driving licence not renewed, pending clearance of the traffic ticket or taken to court. All these actions may be very inconvenient, disruptive or costly”, Enanga added.

Enanga said this will be enforced during the police ‘stop and search’ traffic operations as well as CCTV camera tracking.

He revealed that they also have plans of publishing the list of EPS defaulters in the print and electronic media.

The aim of this operation is to deter drivers from committing offenses by levying heavy penalties that would help decongest court.

The EPS scheme was introduced under Section 165 of the Traffic and Road Safety Act, 1998. It’s purpose is to manage minor traffic offenders.

SCP Enanga advised motorists to carefully read the tickets issued to them and follow instructions therein.

“Those who do not know their EPS status, can cross check it. This is by downloading the UPF Mobi App, on an Android Smartphone and check for it up. Motorists can also go to the nearest traffic office, and check for the EPS status. While at the station, any traffic officer, with an EPS tracking gadget, can check if your driving permit has an EPS ticket pending payment or not”, he added.

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