Ministry of works shows progress registered in Motor Vehicle Registration, bans brokers.
Written by Derrick Asaba on December 16, 2021
The Ministry of Works and Transport has shown some of the concerns it has noted in a month’s time after taking over the function of administration and management of motor vehicle registration.
Addressing the press on Wednesday at the Media Centre, the State Minister for Works, Fred Byamukama noted that there is heavy reliance on brokers for all post first time motor vehicle registration transactions by the public.
“We have noted that approximately 90% of post first time registration processes are being done by brokers for and on behalf of the motor vehicle owners either legally or illegally,” Byamukama said.
He explained that this is attributed to the false notion by the public that post first time motor vehicle registration processes are very complicated, tedious and time consuming.
Byamukama further revealed that the use of brokers in these processes has prompted extortion of money from the public by brokers and increased costs of registration on the side of applicants.
Also, it has encouraged dissemination of false information to the public by brokers and caused delays in processing of applications due to non-submission of documents by brokers.
With this on one side of the coin, the Ministry has decided to take up stringent measures going forward to curtail such vices in the vehicle registration processes.
All persons with green and pink logbooks have been given up to 6 months to validate their motor vehicle details and accordingly obtain a white logbook, absent of which their vehicles will not be allowed on the road. A statutory instrument in this respect will soon be issued.
Only applicants will be allowed to submit applications relating to post first time motor vehicle registration services at the Motor vehicle registration office premises effective January 1, 2022.
“Ideally an applicant will be required to present the application form plus their National Identity card to confirm that it’s actually the applicant before accessing the premises,” Byamukama clarified.
Applicants who are not citizens of Uganda will be required to present either a passport with a valid work permit or student pass visa or an alien card or a certificate of residence or asylum seeker documents for refugees.
The Ministry is fast tracking the processes of developing an automated robust motor vehicle registration system that will provide a credible motor vehicle registration database.
This will improve road safety, service delivery, increase document security through issuance of smart logbooks, increase Non-Tax Revenue through efficiency gains and increased integration with all existing government systems.