As Uganda’s Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed with amendments on 30th of May 2018, Parliament of Uganda went ahead to ban the importation of vehicles whose date of manufacture spans more than 15 years with a provision for a review after one year.
The used motor vehicle twist to impact on the uncontrollable carbon emissions.
In addition, Members of Parliament passed a proposal that a person who imports a motor vehicle which is 8 years old or more from the date of manufacture shall pay an environmental levy on that particular vehicle.
Why the ban on used vehicles importation in Uganda?
According to State Minister for Planning, David Bahati, he said: “The environment is very important. The 10th Parliament has been given opportunity to make a law that will save this but if you refuse, you will be judged so.”
Members of parliament exempted environment levy on motor vehicles which are less than five years from the date of manufacture; excluding goods vehicles.
How is the used motor vehicle industry in Uganda?
Interlinked to sectors such as Energy, Insurance, Banking and Transport, the used motor vehicle industry employs 11,139 people comprising car importers, clearing and forwarding agents, freight forwarders, car bond operators, brokers and dealers in spare parts.
What about the used motor vehicles already in transit?
The bill specifies that the ban on importation of vehicles will not apply to motor vehicles which are in transit before the commencement of this Act on the 1st of July, 2018, and which arrive in Uganda by the 30th of September, 2018.
What do Ugandan Legislators have to say?
Before the ban, legislators strongly opposed the move advising the government of Uganda to strengthen motor vehicle inspection and get rid of vehicles that are in Dangerous Mechanical Conditions instead of banning old motor vehicles.
What is happening elsewhere in East Africa?
Kenyan government is currently discussing new proposals of which include a ban on importation of vehicles that have been registered or been in use abroad for five years before being brought into Kenya. The current car/vehicle age limit in Kenya is eight years.
As African Mobilities Observatory – AMO, we both recommend the Uganda & Kenyan governments' actions and do believe now is the right time for action before its tool late for the ozone layer that is damaged by uncontrollable carbon emissions from old motor vehicles.
What do you have to say about the uncontrollable carbon emissions from old motor vehicles in Africa???
By Joseph Semuju
Community Manager - AMO
African Mobilities Observatory - AMO, MICHELIN.