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URA hands over vehicle registration role to works ministry

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) effective Wednesday handed over the mandate to licence and register motor vehicles in the country to the Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT) in a function that took place at the national tax collector’s head office in Kampala.

According to URA, The transfer was deemed fit as it the Ministry’s mandate to register and inspect motor vehicles in Uganda, even though sources told this news website that the government agencies have been fighting over who is the rightful implementer of the processes that earns government billions of shillings annually.

The Handover of responsibilities and functions from URA to MoWT was attended among others by the ministry’s top leadership led by Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, the minister of MoWT

URA Commission General John R. Musingusi while talking of achievements of vehicle registration said: “The licencing function has over the years undergone many improvements starting with the Motor Vehicle Information System (MOVIS) in 1998 system which dealt with the lengthy and manual elements of MV registration.”

He said there were further process improvements and role expansion of the Headquarter Service Office. The roles included collecting and accounting ONTR for motor vehicle related matters like registration, deregistration, transfers, motor vehicle modifications.”

“The other role is to administer the provisions of The Traffic and Road Safety Act as amended in 2020 related motor vehicle licencing. As well as maintaining the register of motor vehicles as prescribed.”

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