MPs call for sanctions as YY coaches halt operations

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YY Coaches and Courier Services Company has temporarily halted operations citing numerous accidents in a single month.

Last week, Members of Parliament raised concerns over the rampant accidents which feature this particular bus company.

Hon David Abala called for checks on the YY Coach drivers who he said are reckless.

He called for compensation of the victims of the road accidents.

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The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga wondered if there are any sanctions against the YY coach drivers.

“Has the police charged these drivers? Have the buses been grounded? What is the ministry of works doing about this?”

MPs also raised concern on the accidents involving fuel tankers around the country citing the Kyambura Rubirizi district disaster that claimed several lives.

Hon Wamanga Wamai called for withdrawal of all driving permits so that ‘drivers undergo tests before re-issuance of the same’.

In response, YY Coaches Operations Manager, Ali Gwaivu, said the company’s leadership resolved to halt the operations of all their buses on different routes today, in order improve service delivery.

The company, which started operations in 2008, has more than 50 buses plying different routes in eastern and northern parts of the country including Mbale-Kampala, Soroti-Kampala, Lira-Kampala, and Kampala-Apac – Lira.

“We are not working today because we have a general meeting with all staff members,” Gwaivu is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.

He added that the buses would resume operations on August27, 2019.

In a Buseyi village accident along Iganga- Jinja highway, two people died on spot and 42 injured after the of the YY bus under registration number UAQ906T overturned.

Another bus had a head-on collision with a commuter taxi at Busembatia on Tirinyi – Mbale road, leaving 10 people dead a week ago.

Another bus knocked one person dead at Kamonkoli trading centre in Budaka district.

Another bus knocked another person dead in Soroti town, leaving another one seriously injured.

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