The role of registering and licensing all vehicles has been taken up by the Ministry of Works and Transport from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) effective 3rd November 2021.
“Effective November, 3, 2021, the mandate to register and license motor vehicles in Uganda will be a responsibility of the Ministry of Works and Transport. URA will remain responsible for motor vehicle customs clearance and first-time registration,” a URA notice says.
Government a few years ago decided to move the role of vehicle registration to the Ministry of Transport and Works which was previously being handled by Uganda Revenue Authority.
This, according to government will enable URA concentrate on revenue collection.
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Winston Katushabe, the Commissioner of Transport and Road Safety in the Ministry of Works and Transport in 2019, said that government is set to register afresh all vehicles.
“The ministry will come up with a system to register all vehicles and also detect every vehicle entering the country and we shall be able to know how many vehicles are in the country,” said Katushabe.
He noted that a new vehicle system is in the pipeline and will be integrated to the Uganda Revenue Authority, Police and ministry systems.
The Ministry of Works and Transport requested for shs50 billion to be able to be able to establish a new motor vehicle registration system.
The new system will see the allocation of unique identification numbers to particular motor vehicles.
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“Every vehicle and motorcycle must have a centralized digital monitor. If you try to remove it, we shall go for you. It will show us where you are at any one time. As soon as there is a crime, we go. I don’t want any wasting time in investigations,” Museveni said.
According to the president, the digital monitors will not be used to abuse people’s privacy but noted they would be come in handy in case of a crime that security will trace all vehicles and boda bodas who were in the vicinity of the crime scene.
The transport monitoring system will also see tracking devices installed in water vessels on all the country’s water bodies inclusive of both private and public means.