The Directorate of Traffic and Road safety police have identified the bus driver behind a trending video of him driving while texting on WhatsApp.
According to the Traffic police spokesperson, ASP Faridah Nampiima, the suspect has been identified as Philip Tenywa, a driver attached to YY bus company.
He was filmed by one of the passengers on the bus registration number, UBF 006L, that he was driving from Kampala to Lira.
The Traffic Police Headquaters at Nateete has in custody a one Tenywa Phillip who was caught on video texting while driving a YY bus.— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) January 11, 2023
We want to applaud the person who recorded the video, and urge all of you not to always keep silent in case of any road indiscipline. pic.twitter.com/xzzmRPgyzK
“The driver is with us now at the Traffic Directorate headquarters in Nateete. We are going to take action on him for using a phone while driving,” Nampiima said on Wednesday.
Nampima also stated that using a phone for any purpose like texting, or listening to anything on Bluetooth or headsets while driving attracts a fine of 100,000 shillings.
“If you use the phone to respond to a WhatsApp message and you are caught, the offense stands since you have used a handheld mobile for communication,” — she explained
Tenywa is the second driver to be arrested and fined under similar circumstances. On Wednesday, Traffic police nabbed another bus driver identified as Fikiri Brown Joseph, working with Global bus company.
He was captured at Kyengera along the Kampala-Masaka highway and held at Kyengera Police station.