In March 2015, the Ministry of Works and Transport awarded SGS SA an exclusive contract to carry out vehicle inspections countrywide on its behalf.
This vehicle inspection exercise is carried out under the banner “Safe Drive Uganda” – a road safety measure intended to ascertain vehicle road worthiness and reduce carnage on Ugandan roads.
Ten thousand cars have been inspected between the two stations since the mandatory exercise began, the first vehicle inspection station in Kawanda started operations on 28th November 2016 and a mobile inspection station was set up at Namboole Stadium parking lot in February 2017.
Today, SGS opened the second of seven (7) fixed vehicle test stations that are being constructed across the country: Nabbingo vehicle inspection station. The facility is located on Kampala – Masaka Road in the southwest of Kampala and is designed to inspect light vehicles such as private cars, minivans and motorcycles.
Five other fixed test stations are under construction around the country; Namulanda (Entebbe Road) and Namanve (Jinja Road), Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale. In addition, three mobile stations will cover several upcountry locations with sparse vehicle population.
A noteworthy objective of this mandatory exercise is the goal to improve road safety in the country by compelling motor vehicle owners and drivers to use safe and well-maintained vehicles. Environmental conservation is also a key motivation since the testing of vehicle emissions, one of the main sources of air pollution, will be another criteria resulting in inspection pass or failure.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world. For more information, visit: www.safedriveuganda.sgs.com