Government will carry out mandatory motor vehicle inspection with the intent of weeding out vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition, the Minister of Works Eng. Azuba Ntege has said.
She said that failure to comply with the requirement will lead to penalties.
“The overall objectives of the project are to eliminate vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions, which, as you are aware cause numerous accidents. It also seeks to reduce air pollution from vehicles,” Ntege said during the plenary sitting on Wednesday 23rd November 2016.
The inspection exercise will cover the braking system, wheel alignment, exhaust smoke, headlamps and motor vehicle suspension.
The Minister said that the “process will be automated to avoid human subjectivity for the components, which affect the safety of a vehicle.”
Ndorwa East MP, Hon. Wilfred Niwagaba (Ind.) wondered whether the statutory instrument together with the penalties and fines imposed for non compliance were gazetted.
The Minister said that the instrument had been approved by the Solicitor General and was gazetted in July, 2016.
She said that the initial period of the project will be for learning and sensitization of motorists and will not attract penalties. She explained that currently, the Police is being trained in the process, while stakeholders are being consulted.
Azuba said that the Ministry of Works had signed a contract with SGS from Geneva, Switzerland under a public, private partnership arrangement and had completed construction and installation of vehicle inspection equipment in Kawanda on Bombo Road, while others are underway in Namulanda and Nabbingo on Entebbe Road and Masaka Road respectively. Another station will be constructed in Namanve before the end of the year, while others will be established in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara.
All private vehicles will be subject to inspection once every 12 months, while commercial vehicles will require inspection once every six months. Each motorcycle will be charged UShs 46, 300/= while motor vehicles will be charged UShs 93,400/=.
The Minister said that the project will create up to 200 jobs in the process.