Uganda Revenue Authority Hands Over Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing

The Ministry of Works and Transport has today taken back the mandate of Motor Vehicle Registration and Inspection from the Uganda Revenue Authority. URA handed over this function at their headquarters where the services will continue to be offered to the public.

On the 10th of August 2018, the decision to transfer back the responsibility of registering and licensing motor vehicles in Uganda. URA will remain responsible for motor vehicle custom clearance and first time registration (Issue of first time number plates for newly imported motor vehicles).

All post registration processes under the Domestic Taxes Department in the tax body will be handed over to the Ministry of works and Transport effective from today 3rd November 2021.

During this transition URA will continue to offer technical support to the MoWT and jointly continue to update the public and sensitize the public about the processes.

The handover ceremony was attended by all three Ministers from the Ministry of works and transport namely, Hon. Edward Katumba Wamala, Hon. Musa Ecweru and Hon. Fred Byamukama.

Addressing the ceremony, Hon. Katumba Wamala said he was pleased with the good working relationship between the Ministry staff and those from the tax body. The Minister officially degazetted the old log books and shared plans to move to a simple card that contained all the relevant vehicle information.

The Minister stressed that the transfer of functions was dimmed fit to enable the tax body focus on its core mandate of revenue collection while the Ministry managed a complete, competent and credible motor vehicle registration system.

The Undersecretary Barbara Namugambe on behalf of  the Permanent Secretary, expressed gratitude to URA for granting space at the headquarters and aiding in the transition including through seconding 20 staff members and continuous training. She went on to introduce the Ministry team that will take on the responsibility of motor vehicle registration.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, URA Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki said the transfer of motor vehicle administration to the Ministry of Works is intended to improve service delivery to the public.

 Mr Musinguzi said motor vehicle licensing will improve further through the joint development and implementation of integration capabilities of the various systems, including the interface between motor vehicle records archiving system, e-Tax system, ASYCUDA world, e-platform service desk system, client queue management system and the automated licensing system.