Works Ministry Clarifies on Revised Driving Permit Fees

The Ministry of Works and Transport has Thursday issued a statement calling on the public to stay calm until a formal communication is made regarding the revised fees for driving permits.

This comes a month after the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija’s revelation during the budget reading speech that taxes on driving permits would be hiked effective July 1.

The announcement has prompted a sudden rush especially by motorists to cause a stampede at Face Technologies offices hoping to have their permits renewed before these changes take effect.

Alex Okello the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport told journalists on Thursday that the Ministry hasn’t received any formal communication from the relevant body (Ministry of Finance) gazetting the new permit fees.

“There’s no need for commotion among drivers because there are no changes in fees for driving permit as far as we are concerned. We have been informed that people are rushing to acquire permits causing the staff at Face Technologies to close as late as 10pm. This haste isn’t necessary, viagra approved ” Okello stated.

Asked whether this sudden rush pointed to relaxed enforcement on the part of traffic police, viagra approved Okello was hesitant to comment noting that; “I think on the contrary it implies that there’s enforcement because drivers now understand that police is going to be strict on those without permits.”

He however urged Ugandans to fulfill their national obligation of paying taxes to enable government provide the quality services required.

“If taxes have been revised, discount citizens can only abide by them because it is for their own good.”

Katushabe Winstone the Secretary Transport Licensing Board in the Ministry of Works also re-echoed the appeal clarifying that prices for permits will remain normal until new prices are gazetted. He said that the Ministry will communicate once it has received a formal notification from the Ministry of Finance.

Currently, someone seeking to acquire a new driving permit is required to pay Ugsh 56,000 (for one year) and Ugsh 66,000 (three years) in URA gazetted banks. This permit is renewable at a fee of Ugsh 46,000 and Ugsh 56,000 for one year and three years respectively.

Driving test fees attract bank charges of Ugsh 25,000 for one year and a similar fee for three years while learners/provisional permits for one year and three years attract a bank fee of Ugsh 24,000.

Face Technologies which is responsible for issuance of these permits then charges Ugshs 60,000 for a new permit, Ugsh 60,000 for a renewal and Ughs 30,000 for a learners/provisional permit.

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