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Police Impound Buses In Gulu For Defying SOPs

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Police in Gulu City this morning impounded two buses for defying the Standard Operating Procedures for public transport as issued by the Ministry of Health.

Last month Police said they were going to start re-enforcing COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures for public transport as issued by the Ministry of Health.

They say a number of taxi/bus operators and passengers have abandoned the standard operating procedures, which could facilitate the rise in numbers of COVID-19 infections which had recently gone down.

Among the guidelines was that public transport would operate at half capacity, all taxi/bus users wear masks and wash hands before entering the taxi.

Buses impounded today include Crown Bus registration number UAQ 409D and Friendship Bus registration number KTC 702G.

The buses plying Gulu-Kampala highway were intercepted in the areas of Layibi on Gulu-Kampala highway.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River region police spokesperson says the buses were carrying in excess of more than 10 passengers and owners will be charged under Section 71 of the Penal Code Act.

The Section States that any person who unlawfully or negligently does any act which he or she knows or has reason to believe to be likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

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