Law banning importation of used vehicles in Uganda takes effect


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KAMPALA, Oct. 02,
(Xinhua) – A law in Uganda banning the importation of used vehicles
manufactured 15 years ago on Monday came into effect, the country’s tax body
has said.

Dickson Kateshumba,
Uganda Revenue Authority commissioner for customs, said in a statement that no
motor vehicle aged 15 years and above shall be allowed into the east African
country, effective October 01. 

“This incl

KAMPALA, Oct. 02,
(Xinhua) – A law in Uganda banning the importation of used vehicles
manufactured 15 years ago on Monday came into effect, the country’s tax body
has said.

Dickson Kateshumba,
Uganda Revenue Authority commissioner for customs, said in a statement that no
motor vehicle aged 15 years and above shall be allowed into the east African
country, effective October 01. 

“This includes
motor vehicles that will be cleared through the port of Mombasa (Kenya) or Dar
es Salaam (Tanzania) save for those where customs declaration will have been
made and released by Sept. 30,” said Kateshumba. 

He said the vehicles
in that category that were already in Uganda or the east African region by
September 30, will be allowed up to a period of three months to pay taxes and
register. 

“Duty paid motor
vehicles that are still within warehousing period will be relocated to a
designated place within the bonded warehouse pending registration,” said
Kateshumba. 

“Customs will
auction any motor vehicles whose warehousing period will have expired,” he
said.

Ugandan lawmakers late
May passed the Traffic and Road Safety Bill 2018, banning the importation of
motor vehicles above 15 years of age or more in a bid to reduce road accidents
and carbon emissions. 

The act exempts heavy
vehicles such as breakdown lorries, crane lorries, road sweeper lorries, fire
fighting vehicles, concrete mixer lorries, spraying lorries, mobile workshops
and forklifts among others. 

Armored vehicles,
agricultural and forestry tractors are also exempted. The law took effect from
July 1, but car importers were given a three months grace period.      

GNA


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