June 15, 2013

West Nile Riders Demand for Extension of Registration Exercise

The voluntary motorcycle registration exercise is scheduled to expire on June 30th, 2013.
URA'S Godson displays copy of the petition signed by the owners of unregistered motorbikes
URA’S Godson displays copy of the petition signed by the owners of unregistered motorbikes

Motorcycles owners in Yumbe and Moyo districts have petitioned Uganda Revenue Authority-URA to extend the deadline for the voluntarily registration exercise. In January this year, URA gave owners of unregistered motorcycles in West Nile region a grace period of six months to register them. The voluntary motorcycle registration exercise is scheduled to expire on June 30th, 2013.  As a result, some of the motorcycle owners have petitioned the regional URA office to extend the voluntary registration deadline to October.

Led by Rashid Abason Onzima, 80 owners of unregistered motor cycles want the tax body to extend the grace period citing lack of money. They argue that they have not yet received money from the sale of their crops such as Tobacco and Cassava. In their June 10th petition, the motorcycle owners appeal to the revenue body to understand their plight saying they are willing to pay but  lack the money currently.

To build confidence in the tax body, mechanics in both districts under their umbrella association of mechanics have also written a cover letter saying they will not repair any numberless motorcycle after the expiry of the October 30th grace period. Godson Mwesige, the URA Acting Manager northern Uganda says they have considered the petition because it was submitted through the regional police commander.

He appeals to all motorcycle owners to take advantage of the extension to ensure their bikes are registered. More than 1500 motorcycles have already been registered since URA announced the voluntary exercise.

1 thought on “West Nile Riders Demand for Extension of Registration Exercise

  1. Bravo URA! This is how to build confidence and trust in people. By implementing programs and policies with a human face and by being considerate to people’s concerns you have managed to woe them on your side. The honors is now on the motor cycle owners to fulfill their side of the bargain by complying with the commitment they have made to pay their dues by the grace period of October. There is no need to run after people with guns in the name of collecting taxes in this day and age. That is what civilization is about. Please, keep it up URA and motor cycle owners in West Nile!

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