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Police to crackdown on EPS defaulters

Uganda Police has announced operations against vehicles with unpaid express penalty scheme (EPS) tickets.

The police spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga, said that the force recorded traffic defaulters pending EPS arrears of Shs8b.

The force is commencing operation to track down all traffic penalty defaulters on Monday 22th August 2022. He is reminding all traffic penalty defaulters to clear their payments.

“He encourages those who have any pending EPS ticket to go to the bank and pay the traffic using the EPS ticket or mobile money, Pay way or and Agent banking dealers’’ he said.

 “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 and as a result one may face a surcharge for late payment of 50%, or have their motor vehicle impounded, their driving license not renewed, pending clearance of the traffic ticket or taken to court. All these actions may be very inconvenient, disruptive or costly”, Enanga added.

According to Enanga, the police operations will target vehicles with unpaid EPS tickets during the stop and search traffic operations as well as tracking them from the CCTV camera centers.

He revealed that they also have plans of publishing the list of EPS defaulters in the print and electronic media. The EPS scheme was introduced under Section 165 of the Traffic and Road Safety.

“This scheme has a primary objective to deter road users from committing offences by levying express penalties that would help to decongest courts,’’ Enange said.

The EPS ticket has 25 codes for traffic offences whose fines vary depending on the traffic offence committed. The codes range from Ugx 20.000/= to Ugx 200.000/=, which the offender has to clear within 28 days.

 “Those who do not know their EPS status, can cross check it, 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.

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

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