Driving in Uganda

Owning a car has become a necessity in Uganda there for offensive and defensive driving has to be taken in mind for one to become a good driver around the cities and on the highways. On Ugandan roads, one is expected to drive on the left side hence most of the cars & trucks are Right Hand Drives (RHD). However, some Left Hand Drive cars can be seen found around Uganda. Take note of the markings which are painted on the bumpers or mirrors with the initials (LHD).

Uganda roads are fair and run from capital city connecting one district to the other as well neighbouring countries. It must be noted, on some roads, construction works are going on and the speed limits put in place must be observed.

Recommended speed limit is 50km per hour in towns and trading centres and 80km per hour on highways. (This does not apply to long passenger and cargo vehicles).

Traffic officers are stationed along major roads and they randomly stop, check, inspect vehicles. If a car is found in wrong or having mechanical damage, the inspector issues a fine receipt on spot whose charges differ according to the offence.

Parking

Looking at the cities and towns, there are parking slots just at the extreme end of the roads but not every road. Therefore, drivers must be very conscious of where they park. Supermarkets, shops and some offices provide own parking space for their clients.

Some roadsides are marked with ‘No Parking’ signs, these must be avoided as it will lead to heavy penalities if found parked in.

General driving info

  • Drivers must be 18 years of age and above
  • A valid driver’s license is needed
  • Keep left
  • Maintain the speed limit
  • Fix your seat belt before you drive off
  • Give way to vehicles coming from the left (at the traffic circles)
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Take a keen look at the sign posts
  • A broken line on the road means overtaking is permitted

What you must carry in a personal car

  • Valid drivers license or it photo copy
  • Original vehicle registration documents
  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Jump started and an empty jerry can

Note: Fuel stations are common in city centres with prices relatively fair compared to outside town and along main roads. Fuel prices vary from one-place to the other and it highly recommended to carry enough fuel in your tank and reserve when travelling long distances.

Road accidents must be reported immediately to the nearest police station. For emargency, call Uganda police on 999 (toll-free)

Requirements for Visitors Hoping to Drive in Uganda

Visiting drivers must hold an International Drivers License. Drivers’ licenses from other countries are not valid. New residents are required to pass a driving test. A person driving into the country on business can have their car admitted without having to pay duty, provided they will not use it for hire or commercial purposes. They will also have to show that the car is owned by themselves or by their company. Uganda drives on the left hand side of the road.