Online vehicle registration welcomed

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: Sarah Banage. By Omondi Julius Odera
Sarah Banage

By Omondi Julius Odera, Kampala, Uganda

The new online vehicle registration system introduced by the Uganda Revenue Authority has been applauded by many stakeholders. This new system replaces the manual system of physical green logbooks, which had a lot of flaws.

This move is aimed at promoting good service delivery as automobile owners can access their accounts for registration wherever they are. Sarah Banage, Assistant commissioner for Public and Corporate affairs at URA, notes that the system is convenient, efficient and fast, as everything is done at the click of a button.

“In addition, we are trying to get away the value from the paper (physical green logbooks) as all the details will now be stored in our database”, she explains.

The new process will ensure that there is transparency as far as vehicle or motor cycle ownership is concerned. This is a relief to many, especially the banks, who accept vehicles as collateral for those who want to borrow loans.

Banage explains: “With the old manual system, one vehicle could have several logbooks which are fake and the banks were the major victims of such frauds; However, with this new online registration, in case a vehicle is to undergo a transaction, anybody, including the bank officials, can ascertain the true owner of the vehicle in question by accessing its details from URA website”

At the inception of the new system, the tax body encountered a lot of opposition, especially from a section of the lawmakers.

Banage alludes to this: “People fear change and the masses were so attached to the manual physical green logbook.  However, we had to pitch a tent at parliament in order to enlighten the parliamentarians who were opposed to the move and eventually they appreciated it” Banage also understands that it may take a while before all the masses adopt and appreciate the new system as she explains that the learning curve will take time.

There were cases of people fearing for the safety of their automobiles data after registration but Banage puts these fears to rest:, “Our database is constantly being improved. We are permanently upgrading and securing all our data which are also stored offsite therefore even if one steals our computers, there is no data that he will get”

The new system requires already registered vehicles which had the old manual physical logbooks to re-validate their vehicles by creating an account on the URA website and following the prompts. The motorists have been given a one year period to revalidate their vehicles and motor cycles and by the end June 2013, Banage cautions that they will have to coerce those who will have not followed suite. The people who are purchasing new automobiles automatically use the new system of online registration.

The process is continuously being adopted and URA has so far registered over 40,000 automobiles a number that Banage expects to increase sharply after their awareness campaigns.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

Gabon’s Africa ICT forum promotes Pan-Africanism

Pan-Africanism, a highly-publicised ideology initiated by Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah and Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance ideals were in spotlight at this week’s ICT forum held in the Gabonese capital Libreville. Read More

Rwanda, ICDL to advance digital literacy

A Memorandum of Understanding signed this week between the Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Youth and ICT, and ICDL aims to advance digital literacy in Rwanda.   Read More

Rwanda’s MYICT wins continental social media award

Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) has won the continental social media award in the category of Government/Public Sector in the annual Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA). Read More

Botswana Government to provide computerised driver-testing vehicles

Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communication has officiated at the groundbreaking for the country’s first computerised driver training facility.  Read More

Albany CTG, Microsoft, collaborate on School of Government Program

The University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has announced its collaboration with Microsoft Corporation to deliver executive level training to government leaders in Africa as part of the Microsoft 4Afrika’s School of Government (SOG) program.  Read More

NCC didn’t stop APC’s fund raising platform, says Juwah

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it did not order GSM operators to shut platforms used by political parties to raise funds.  Read More

Togo’s new tax on incoming international calls angers consumers

A new tax on incoming international calls imposed by the government of Togo has angered consumers and generated heated debate. Read More

NCC EVC says agenda accomplished

Dr.Eugene Juwah (left), Mrs. Abigael Sholanke and Mr.Tony Ojobo of NCC and Mr. Mike Awoyinfa, former MD of The Sun Newspaper The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr Eugene Juwah, says he has attended to all the items he listed as his six-point agenda when he was appointed CEO. Read More

Gabon to deliver e-visas, launches immigration website

People wishing to travel to the Central African nation of Gabon can now apply for visas online. Read More

Break-ins threaten Mascom Kitsong centre project

As Mascom Wireless embarks on its fourth year of bringing ICT to the marginalised people of Botswana, Mascom says the greatest impediment to their efforts are the break-ins that are rampant at the Kitsong establishments. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

UCC launches 2015 ACIA awardsUCC launches 2015 ACIA awards

Uganda has launched the fifth Annual Communications and Innovation Awards, which celebrate and foster ICT innovation and achievement.

IN DEPTH

Kenya’s digital TV battle hots up Kenya’s digital TV battle hots up

Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.

COMPANY NEWS

Albany CTG, Microsoft, collaborate on School of Government Program

The University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has announced its collaboration with Microsoft Corporation to deliver executive level training to government leaders in Africa ...

VMware reports fourth quarter and full year 2014 results

VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014.