The facility, located on Entebbe road about 24 kilometers from the capital city, to the south of Kampala, will be used to inspect light vehicles, such as private cars, minivans and motorcycles.
In March 2015, Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport awarded SGS an exclusive contract to carry out vehicle inspections countrywide on its behalf. The vehicle inspection exercise is carried out under “Safe Drive Uganda” – a road safety measure intended to ensure vehicle roadworthiness and reduce carnage on Ugandan roads.
This mandatory exercise is aimed at improving road safety by compelling motor vehicle owners and drivers to use safe and well maintained vehicles. Environmental conservation is an additional goal; vehicle emissions, one of the main sources of air pollution, will be tested.
The Namulanda Station is the third of seven fixed vehicle inspection test stations around the country. The first vehicle inspection station in Kawanda started operations on November 28, 2016. A mobile inspection station was set up at Namboole Stadium parking lot in February 2017, and the second fixed inspection station in Nabbingo on Masaka road was inaugurated on 3rd May 2017. Since the mandatory exercise began, 15,000 cars have been inspected at the three stations.
Four fixed test stations are under construction in Namanve (Jinja Road), Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale. In addition, three mobile stations will cover several upcountry locations with sparse vehicle populations.
SGS conducts almost 44 million vehicle inspections worldwide for both emissions and roadworthiness.
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