A traders association in northern Uganda has banned women from riding up front in trucks after deciding that short skirts and bare thighs could be distracting drivers and causing accidents.

The order handed down in Lira city prohibits drivers from permitting “even their wives” in the front cabin of lorries.

An association representing local traders and vendors said the decision banning female passengers was made in the name of safety.

“Some of them wear short dresses which expose their thighs and distract drivers, and the drivers end up causing accidents and people on board die,” Patrick Opio Obote, chairman of Lira’s mobile market vendors group, told AFP Wednesday.

“The ban takes immediate effect and all drivers and passengers are complying.”

Obote said the decision was taken after examining the cause of road accidents in the area involving truck drivers

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