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URA assists motorists as car validation deadline nears

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By Jude Katende

Posted  Thursday, December 12  2013 at  14:12

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Come next year, Uganda Revenue Authority expects all motorists to have switched to new log books and also validated their motor vehicle ownership records.

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As December 31, the deadline to update vehicle details nears, the tax body is set to assist motorists who have not complied.
Staff from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) have since Monday camped at Freedom City along Kampala-Entebbe road to help people update particulars of their vehicles. They will be there until this Saturday (December 14).

The following week (December 16 -21), a similar exercise dubbed the grand finale, will take place at the Railway Grounds sandwiched between Station Road and Jinja Road.
Technically referred to as validation, it occurs when a motorist offers URA all information regarding their car. This is meant to create a match between the tails URA has and the actual cars on the road.

In order to be served, according to the URA spokesperson, Sarah Banage, motorists have to possess a log book, which bears their name and an account on the URA website-http://ura.go.ug.

Other requirements are a tax identification number (TIN) and serial numbers of the front and back registration numbers. These tiny numbers are on the number plates.
To help people, who cannot leave their work stations during the day, the staff in charge of the Freedom City and Railway Grounds hubs will operate up to 7pm. Similar exercises will be held in the countryside.

Citing the advantages of validation, Banage said fraudulent transactions will be a thing of the past.
For example, if someone’s car is involved in a fraudulent transaction without their knowledge, an e-mail would notify them. Recently, URA held similar hubs at Capital Shoppers supermarket in Kampala and at the URA head office in Nakawa, also in Kampala.

Out of the over 400 motorists, who visited the hubs, 200 successfully validated their car details, Banage disclosed.
Motorists, who have internet connectivity can validate by visiting the portal-http://ura.go.ug.
They have to 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 the motor vehicle registration link and choose the add vehicle details link.
After filling out a form, one gets an acknowledgement receipt. A new logbook is issued after verification of the details.

jkatende@ug.nationmedia.com