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URA Fetches Sh305m from Temporary Permits

A vehicle with foreign number plate in Arua City

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

ARUA: April 17, 2021

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) customs unit in West Nile has disclosed that since July 2020, it has collected sh305,062,426 from temporary road permits, a kind of duty levied on motor vehicles with foreign registration.

The temporary permits are issued at $20 (sh73,000) and are normally valid for three months.

Ivan Kakaire the URA head of enforcement in the region said most of of foreign registered vehicles belong to Ugandans, Congolese and South Sudanese who live in either DR Congo or South Sudan but come to spend the weekend in towns such as Koboko, Adjumani and Arua City.

This, he added, explains why the tax body doesn’t impound those cars.

At least 4,109 vehicles with foreign number plates were issued temporary permits in the past nine months.

“These vehicles are therefore moving legally on our roads,” he clarified during a media engagement at the Heritage Courts hotel on Thursday.

Ivan Kakaire, the URA head of enforcement in West Nile

Kakaire called on the media to step up awareness of the public about the hazards of prohibited goods such as cigarettes and bleaching cosmetics that continue to be smuggled into the region.

When impounded, explained Kakaire, such contraband are taken for destruction at the URA central warehouse in Nakawa.

He declared that when owners of impounded prohibited goods report to URA, they are issued with seizure notes.

For other smuggled goods like rice and motorcycles, they are auctioned after 30 days if the owners fail to pay the necessary taxes and fines.

“Let the city be known for the good, not numberless motorcycles and selling of fuel on the streets,” Kakaire appealed.

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