The Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT) has officially taken over the administration and management of the Motor Vehicle Registration function from the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
During the handover ceremony on Wednesday morning, URA Commissioner-General John Rujoki said that the transfer means that the mandate to register and license motor vehicles in Uganda will be a responsibility of the Ministry of Works and Transport.
According to Rujoki, the licensing function has over the years undergone many improvements starting with the Motor Vehicle Information System (MOVIS) in 1998 system which dealt with the lengthy and manual elements of MV registration.
“In 2014, there were further process improvements and role expansion of the Headquarter Service Office. The roles included collecting and accounting ONTR for motor vehicle-related matters like registration, deregistration, transfers, motor vehicle modifications, etc” he said.
He added that in the interim, the authority will remain responsible for motor vehicle customs clearance and first-time registration (Issue of first-time number plates for newly imported motor vehicles).
“Therefore, all post-registration processes under the Domestic Taxes Department in URA will immediately be handed over to the Ministry of Works and Transport effective 3rd November 2021. The transfer of Motor vehicle administration to the Ministry of Works is intended to improve service delivery to the public” he explained.
The Commissioner-General noted that this will be made possible through the joint development and implementation of Integration capabilities of the various systems including; the interface between motor vehicle records archiving system, e-Tax system, ASYCUDA World, e- platform service desk system, client queue management system, and the automated licensing system.
During this transition, URA will continue to offer technical support to the MoWT and jointly continue to update the public on every available information. The public has been urged to embrace this move for better service delivery.