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Uganda bans women from occupying front seats in trucks over spike in road accidents

A town in neighbouring Uganda has banned women from occupying front seats of trucks.

According to Daily Monitor, authorities in Lira City said the move is aimed at reducing rampant road accidents in the vast region.

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The new rule was enforced following a road accident on January 10 that claimed nine lives and injured 19 with female traders blamed for the accidents.

The traders are accused of wearing short skirts that expose their goodies, distracting the driver and in turn leading to accidents.

Lira City Mobile Market Vendors Association chair Patrick Opio Obote said some indecently dressed members demanded to sit in the co-drivers seat.

“To reduce accidents, we have resolved that with effect from Monday, January 17, no woman shall be allowed to sit in front of any truck transporting traders from Lira City to any weekly markets,” he said.

Dorcus Adongo, a market vendor, said the women tussle to occupy the co-drivers seat.

“These women always wear short dresses. Whenever they reach their destination at the weekly markets in the villages, they take the drivers away to the local bars where they offer them drinks and food,” she said.

Lira Urban Transporters Association spokesperson Bernard Anyeko Matsanga said the law even applies to drivers’ wives.

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“No woman is allowed to sit in front with the driver, even if you are the wife of the owner of the vehicle, we are not allowing you,” he said.

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