Rwanda: Law Reform Commission to Complete Review of Road Traffic Bill By August 18

The Rwanda Law Reform Commission will complete a review of the draft law governing road traffic on August 18 and send it to the Ministry of Infrastructure for tabling before parliament, The New Times understands.

The bill that seeks to replace the existing legislation, will among other changes allow for driving license testing to be done with automatic vehicles.

According to the Chairperson of the commission, Domitilla Mukantaganzwa, the existing law was enacted 36 years ago and since then there have been many changes on the roads and vehicles used.

The new bill was initiated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and sent to the Law Reform Commission for review on April 18.

“We are still reviewing it and we will take it back to the Ministry of Infrastructure not later than Friday, August 18, after completing its review,” she said.

Among the Commission’s core responsibilities, it examines draft laws prepared by State organs before they are submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

Mukantaganzwa said that after receiving a draft law, the Commission’s work is to ensure its proper drafting (wording), ascertain whether a bill is not in contradiction with other laws, especially the Constitution and whether it is in line with a policy governing the matter for which it is providing for.

During a senatorial session held on July 25, Senator Evode Uwizeyimana expressed dissatisfaction with the delay in passing the comprehensive traffic bill that would include specific automatic car driving license tests, among other traffic-related regulations.