By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Cooper Motors Corporation (CMC), dealers in brand new vehicles have welcomed a government bill against importation of used cars in the country.
Last month, Minister for Works Eng. Monica Azuba, tabled the Traffic and Road Safety Act Amendment Bill 2018 in parliament. The Bill seeks to amend the 1998 Act to among others revise motorcycle registration fees and also ban the importation of vehicles that are eight years old or more from the date of manufacture.
According to the new bill, the act that will come into force on July 1, 2018 will require anyone who imports a vehicle which is five years old or more from the date of manufacture to pay an environmental levy for the vehicle charged by Uganda Revenue Authority before being cleared to enter the country.
Richard Musani, Cooper Motor Corporation Ford Brand Manager described the proposal as “a good bill” which works in favour of dealers in new vehicles. He says the environmental levy will not only support global efforts against environmental pollution, but will also compel most Ugandans to opt for new vehicles. Musani projects that the Company’s overall sales would go high once the new bill is approved by parliament.
“We obviously project that with that levy(environmental levy on old vehicles) there will be an improvement in terms of our overall sales because those individuals that have ability to purchase brand new motor vehicles but probably were purchasing top used vehicles will now migrate to consumption of brand new motor vehicles,” Musani said.
He however challenged government to give incentives like reduced import duties levied on brand new vehicles to make them affordable to individual Ugandans.
New vehicles have only been a reserve for Ministries, government agencies, Non-governmental organizations and a few wealthy individuals.
The Cooper Motor Corporation Official spoke to this reporter on the sidelines of a media breakfast briefing to unveil an all-new Ford Everest vehicle Brand, the company has in stock. This was at the CMC headquarters in Nakawa on Tuesday morning.
Musani said the Ford Brand has now been refined to include unique and attractive features such as; Terrain management system with four driving modes, spacious modern interior with high-quality craftsmanship to deliver a comfortable ride for up to seven passengers, Body-on-frame construction and Intelligent four-wheel drive among others.
“The Everest also represents Ford’s commitment to exceed customer expectations with advanced technologies for a smarter and more capable vehicle at a very reasonable price,” Musani said.