By Max Patrick Ocaido
Parliament has passed the Traffic and Road Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with amendments that will now effect a ban on the importation of vehicles that are 15 years old or more from the date of manufacturing.
Initially, government had proposed a ban on importation of old vehicles that are eight years, but the parliamentary committee on Finance in its report recommended that age limit on importation of used motor vehicles be phased from 20 years by reducing the date of manufacture by 3 years every year that passes.
However, during a heated debate on Wednesday, State minister for Planning, David Bahati heeded to MPs’ calls and increased the age limit from the earlier proposed 8 years to 15 which was accepted by the House.
“This Bill is meant to protect our environment but you members of the 10th parliament have chosen to defer. The 20 years that the committee recommends is such a long time, and I suggest we do 15 years,” Bahati said.
The committee noted that government would lose Shs182 billion from the ban of motor vehicles above 8 years and that government needs to attract investors into the motor vehicle assembling industry by gradually phasing out used vehicles while encouraging purchase of new ones.
However, the ban on importation of vehicles will not apply to motor vehicles which are in transit before the commencement of this Act (01 July 2018) and which arrive in Uganda by 30th September 2018.