Uganda, in a historic move towards bolstering national security and curbing vehicle-related criminality, has launched the Intelligent Transport Monitoring System (ITMS).
The initiative was unveiled during a gathering of Russian technocrats, government officials, and various dignitaries at the Ministry of Works and Transport in collaboration with the renowned Russian company, Global Security.
Key Highlights of the ITMS Launch:
1. New electronic number plates with Bluetooth chips: Under the ITMS, all vehicle owners in Uganda will be required to obtain new electronic number plates equipped with Bluetooth chips. These cutting-edge number plates will revolutionize the way vehicles are monitored and tracked, fostering a safer and more secure environment.
2. Joint effort for national security: The ITMS is a collaborative endeavor led by the Government of Uganda, particularly the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ugandan Security agencies (Security Uganda). This initiative is poised to reshape vehicle security and control vehicle-related criminal activities.
3. Crime deterrence and enhanced traceability: The primary objective of the ITMS is to deter vehicle theft and related criminal activities by providing enhanced traceability, tracking, and real-time feedback through the Police Command Center (Uganda Police). This will significantly reduce criminality and increase the likelihood of recovering stolen vehicles.
4. Discouraging reckless driving: The ITMS will discourage reckless driving behaviors through constant monitoring via a comprehensive CCTV camera network, leading to enhanced law enforcement. This measure will not only enhance road safety but also promote responsible driving.
5. Thorough registration of vehicles: A critical aspect of the ITMS is the comprehensive registration of all Ugandan motor vehicles. This will be facilitated through various categories of number plates, as stipulated in the Traffic and Road Safety (Registration Plates) Regulations 2023. Each vehicle will be assigned a unique code for effective identification.
7. Rollout schedule: The official launch of the ITMS Project took place on November 1, 2023, with a selected group of vehicles from the Office of The President, Uganda Police, and the Ministry of Works and Transport.
In conclusion, the Intelligent Transport Monitoring System is an ambitious and forward-thinking initiative that demonstrates Uganda’s commitment to enhancing national security and safety. With innovative electronic number plates, comprehensive registration, and cutting-edge monitoring technology, this project is poised to have a profound impact on the safety and security of Ugandan roads. It represents a significant step forward in the fight against vehicle-related criminality and reckless driving.