The drivers are usually expected to pick the permits after making payments for express penalty tickets issued to them by traffic police. However, many of these tickets are never collected and are now piled up at traffic police offices.
Winston Katushabe, the chief licensing officer and secretary of Transport Licensing Board at the Ministry of Works confirmed the development to URN dismissing initial reports that implementation of the new rates had been postponed.
Government proposed to increase driving license fees from 66,000 to 150,000 Shillings for new permits while renewal of permits will increase from 60,000 to 130,000 Shillings effective July 1, 2016. Another permit that expires within five years will be introduced at a cost of 250,000 Shillings.
In an interview with URN, Apollo Lubwama, Supervisor, Process Management Division, URA, says that the driving schools will be required to submit names of learners during the application process. Adding that permits shall be issued to those who have attended driving lessons from licensed driving schools.
Apollo Lubwama, URA Supervisor, Process Management Division, says effective April 1st 2014, all applications for driving licenses will be done online. Lubwana also adds that renewal and duplication of driving licenses will also be done online. He says that the service will save applicants from queues, middlemen and higher cost.