The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Car Validation - URA Sets New Service Points

As the clock ticks close to the December 31, deadline of the vehicle registration validation exercise, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has moved the service points closer to the people.

City motorists who have not yet validated their vehicles can now do it at Freedom City shopping complex on Entebbe Road from today, Monday December 9, to Saturday December 14. A media statement issued on Friday says URA staff will be on hand to serve vehicle owners at the new service point until 7pm throughout the week.

A similar access point for the validation exercise will be set up at Railway Grounds (along Jinja Road) between December 16 and 21. For the past couple of months, URA has been validating vehicles in an exercise meant to collect as much information about vehicles as possible.

Once put in the URA database, it will ease regular verification of details and the actual cars on the road.

Sarah Banage, the URA spokeswoman, explains that motorists must produce their vehicle logbooks (which bear their names and account on the URA website- http//ura.go.ug), tax identification number (TIN) and serial numbers of the front and back registration numbers.

She says that motorists with Internet access can validate their vehicles by visiting the URA website (http://ura.go.ug.).

All they need to do is click on the Tax payer login to proceed to their account. But if they are new visitors, they need to create an account.

Using a TIN and password, one signs in before proceeding to the e-services menu. Thereafter, one has to click on the motor vehicle registration link and choose the add vehicle details link. After filing out a form, one gets an acknowledgement of receipt. A new logbook is issued after the details are verified.

Banage says the validation exercise will help stamp out fraudulent transactions in vehicle registration.

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