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URA stripped off vehicles registration responsibilities

by James Ateenyi

Vehicles registration will shift from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to Ministry of Works and Transport State Minister of Works Aggrey Bagiire has revealed.

He made the revelation on Tuesday while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Physical Infrastructure to present the 2019/2020 Ministerial Policy Statement for the Works sector.

The minister however went on to reveal that the move has been hindered due to lack of enough funds to carry out exercise.

He explained to the Committee that the ministry needs at least Shs47bn to transfer the registration activity from URA but they have been allocated only Shs5bn in the 2019/20 budget.

He stressed that the Ministry had planned for at least Shs25bn as a start up funds.

Bagiire state that the decision was made after realizing that URA has been putting a lot of efforts in revenue collection while neglecting other key aspects like safety.

“We took over responsibility of motor vehicle registration; we thought URA should concentrate on revenue collection and we have been in negotiations and we take over the registration of vehicles. If we are going to do that, we need budget of Shs47bn and we agreed we start with 25bn every financial year, but they have only given us Shs5bn,” he said.

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