Police impounds over 200 motor vehicles for violating curfew

Having warned the public and reinstating curfew check points, the Police in the night hours of Monday impounded over 211 motor vehicles and 331 motorcycles.

These were impounded after the owners allegedly violated the restricted curfew hours that was put by President Yoweri Museveni to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a Police press release dated Tuesday, (October 13, 2020), the Kampala Metropolitan Spokesperson, SP Patrick Onyango said they carried out an operation to reinvigorate the anti-COVID19 enforcement measures during curfew.

“During the operation, we impounded over 211 motor vehicles and 331 motor cycles. The operation was peaceful and it was carried out in an orderly manner and professionally,” Onyango said.

Onyango reminded all motorists that the timing of curfew is 9:00PM, adding that some drivers were cautioned while others were issued with express penalty scheme tickets during the night operation.

“The vehicles and motorcycles were impounded from regions of Kampala Metropolitan East, North and South,” Onyango noted.

A police officer, who participated in the operations said that commanders from the Field Force Unit (FFU), general duty police, traffic police and Local Defense Unit (LDUs) agreed to start impounding vehicles at around 10 pm since there was too much congestion on the roads.

The officer, who is also an operations commander of the city policing divisions, said several drivers ignored the police warning thinking it would be business as usual. In one of the pictures and video footage released by the senior policeman, dozens of drivers are seen stranded at Jinja Road police station and roadblocks near the station.

Mr Onyango reiterated that the operation will continue and appealed to the public to plan their journeys early to avoid being caught on the wrong side of the law.

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