URA implements ban on importation of old motor vehicles

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has started the implementation of a ban on the importation of old cars in accordance with the Traffic and Road Safety Act.

According to the customs commissioner, Dicksons Kateshumbwa, effective October 1, used motor vehicles ranging in fifteen years will not be allowed entry into Uganda.

This is accordance with Section 14a (1) of the amended Traffic and Road Safety Act which provides that, “A person shall not import a which 15 years old or more from the date of manufacture.”

As of September 28, there were 5500 vehicles in bonded warehouses or in transit.

Many of them are still waiting clearance at Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam ports in Kenya and Tanzania respectively.

Kateshumbwa said that only those vehicles for which a customs declaration had been made or released by September 30 will be allowed into the country.

Old motor vehicles that are already in the country will be given three months to register and pay their taxes according to Kateshumbwa.

He further noted that the duty-paid motor vehicles that are still with in the ware housing period will be relocated to a designated place within the bonded warehousing pending registration.

Motor vehicle whose warehousing will have expired will be auctioned.

The legislation banning the importation of old cars caused heated debate in Parliament in April this year when it was introduced.

It called for intense lobbying that the years were revised from eight that had initially been proposed to 15 years.