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Uganda Reportedly Halts Its Digital Plate Project Launch

Uganda Reportedly Halts Its Digital Plate Project Launch

Uganda Reportedly Halts Its Digital Plate Project Launch: The Ministry of Works and Transport in Uganda has decided to extend the deadline for its digital number plate project by four months. 

Originally scheduled to commence operations on February 1, 2024, following a November 2023 launch, the project faced some challenges along the way. President Yoweri Museveni’s proposal in 2021 to use vehicles and motorcycles for enhanced security contributed to the initiative.

Uganda Reportedly Halts Its Digital Plate Project Launch

Uganda had enlisted a Russian company to handle the implementation of digital plates. However, with the ongoing sanctions against Russia, this has created complications for the project.

Under the new system, new vehicle and motorcycle owners will be required to pay Shs714,000 for digital plates. Additionally, existing plate holders can opt to swap their plates, with a cost of Shs150,000 for cars and Shs50,000 for motorcycles.

Parliament Has Raised Concerns about the Project

Parliament has raised concerns about the project, with the Kampala City Traders Association (Kacita) requesting an investigation into various issues. These include the lack of installation centers, the absence of a local factory for plate manufacturing, and the necessity for a comprehensive nationwide awareness campaign.

The Installation of Digital Plates in Kampala and Kawempe

In November 2023, the government initiated the installation of digital plates on its vehicles in Kampala and Kawempe. Kawempe is a suburb of Kampala where the contractors have established their operations.

As a point of reference, in August 2022, the Kenyan government introduced new digital plates for all vehicles in its jurisdiction.

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