By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has started the implementation of the ban on importation of 15 year old vehicles into the country.
Dickson Kateshumbwa, Commissioner Customs URA in a letter to Association of Motor vehicle dealers and Used Car Dealers Association on Monday said that URA will enforce the law with immediate effect.
“As you may be aware, Section 14A (l) of the Traffic & Road Safety Act, 1998 (Amendment) Act, 2018 provides; ‘A person shall not import a motor vehicle which is fifteen years old or more from the date of manufacture’. The same law creates various exceptions including motor vehicles which are in transit before the commencement of the Act (01. July 2018) and which arrive in Uganda by the 30th September 2018’,” he said.
Mr. Kateshumbwa adds that following their meeting held on the 28th September. 2018 regarding the above subject matter, it was noted that there is an estimated total of 5,500 motor vehicles in bonded warehouses and in transit as at 28th September 2018.
“Customs wishes to guide as follows; no motor vehicle aged 15 years and above shall be allowed into Uganda effective October 1. This includes motor vehicles that will be cleared through the port of Mombasa or Dar es Salaam save for those where a customs declaration will have been made and released by 30th, September 2018,” he said.
He adds that duty-paid motor vehicles that are still within the warehousing period will be relocated to a designated place within the bonded warehouse pending registration.
“Customs will auction any vehicle whose warehousing will have expired. I encourage you to ensure you inform your members to fully comply with this guidance,” he said.
In May, Parliament passed the Traffic and Road Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with amendments that effect a ban on the importation of vehicles that are 15 years old or more from the date of manufacturing.
State minister for Planning, David Bahati said the Bill is meant to protect our environment.