KCCA Revists Plans To Ban Cars From City Centre

Kampala City Authority has revisited its plan to rid the city center of chronic traffic congestion.

The plan, according to KCCA director of engineering services Andrew Kitaka, involves banning the use of commuter taxis and private vehicles from the central business district setting up a mass rapid transportation system and introducing cycle lanes and walkways.

At a press conference Wednesday, Kitaka said; ‘It is not sustainable to use private means of transport in the city center. With the increasing population, it is not sustainable.’

Kitaka said KCCA intends to replace 14-seater commuter taxis with buses. He said some streets will be strictly for cycling while many streets will have dedicated walking lanes.

Taxis will drop passengers at parks outside the city from where passengers will get onto the city buses.

According to records there are 30,000 commuter taxis operating in Kampala, a city with a day time population of 3million.

7 thoughts on “KCCA Revists Plans To Ban Cars From City Centre”

  1. In developed economies, biking, cycling and walking are one of the most cherished city transport systems as they bring in multiple benefits such as physical fitness exercise, less pollution/traffic jam while those who really must use private cars are always conscious of gassoline and drive small fuel economy cars. The majority use public transport such as city buses, trums and railways especially those travelling long distances to work places. These are more economical and convenient as they stick to their travel schedule picking and dropping passangers at every stage along designated routes withought the hustle of passangers waiting for them to get filled and fully packed up as is the case in Kampala now. These need small stages with route maps to direct the travellers in terms of the route and time the city shuttles cruise and this also comes with multiple benefits of reducing noise pollution by conductors//drivers of comutor taxis calling and waving endlessly to attract the attention of travellers. this will also reduce on the number of the guys who load passengers as often times they are an inconveniece to pedestrains walking their own way.

    However, what has become of the planned introduction of trums that would save on fuel and time and guarantee confidence among public in terms of convenience, efficiency and time management?

  2. This is a super innovation. But is there a detailed timetable or are the buses procured yet? They should go for articulated buses which carry up to 100 passengers at a go. This is what happens elsewhere in the world.

  3. Good idea, but not sustainable,with rains in kampala,how does one ride a cycle?
    Begin by leaving all bodas out of the city,you will not only reduce traffic but even save lives of the people on walkways.
    Small cities like Monrovia, have successfully banned all motor cycles, and you enjoy.
    in kampala, bodas do not follow any traffic rules, appear from all corners of the roads,KCCA, bodas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Then how will assailants like the one who killed Cheye move?
    You know some dont believe Cheye’s death was natural.
    In Africa we say there is no one who dies without being bewitched, but this case is suspect.
    He was demanding for his refund.
    His imprisonment was after he had rubbed powerful people the wrong way, he had revived his Confidential…
    and he was knocked by a speeding bike.
    He is now off the scene. Erased.
    Ridding the city of such disorganization will not serve the interests of the criminals.

  5. I really doubt whether these plans will work with rampant corruption in Uganda, talk about Bodaboda who have become a manace in Kampala, Double Decker Buses would be a good idea Trams and Trains! Look at Adisababa Ethiopia Trams

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