According to a statutory instrument signed by the Minister of Local Government, Raphael Magyezi, vehicles carrying between seven to twenty passengers shall pay Shillings 720,000 annually. However, this applies to vehicles operating within KCCA jurisdiction.
has reinstated operational fees from taxis and other commercial vehicles in
Kampala city. In 2017, the government stopped Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA
to stop collecting road user fees from taxis following complaints from the
operators, saying the charges were exorbitant.
used to pay Shillings 120,000 monthly. Sam Serunkuma, the Director
Revenue Collection at KCCA, says prior to the suspension of the road user fees,
the Authority used to collect over Shillings 20 billion from taxis.
says government reinstated the fees, whose payment will commence in 2021. According to Serunkuma, the operators will pay the money to Uganda
Revenue Authority, which will then remit the funds to KCCA.
He says the
reinstatement of the fees will be a huge boost to the Authority amidst
challenges of low funding that the Authority has been grappling with for long.
//Cue in: "Taxis, Boda Boda...
Cue out: ...a big problem"//
According to a statutory Instrument signed by the Minister of
Local Government, Raphael Magyezi, vehicles carrying between seven to twenty
passengers shall pay Shillings 720,000 annually. However, this applies to
vehicles operating within KCCA jurisdiction.
Vehicles with the same capacity operating beyond KCCA jurisdiction
shall be required to pay Shillings 840,000. Sserunkuma says KCCA shall get 60%
of the money while the local council where the vehicle goes shall get the
The Instrument further notes that vehicles with a sitting
capacity from 21 passengers to over sixty will pay annual fees of Shillings 2.4
million. Moses Mawejje, the Spokesperson of Kampala Operational Taxi Stages
Association- KOTSA has welcomed the idea and expressed their readiness to
He says what taxi operators need are services like
rehabilitation of taxi parks and proper sanitation in parks among others.
//Cue in: "For us we...
Cue out: ...served accordingly,"//
Mustafa Mayambala, the Chairman of Uganda Transport Developement Agency- UTRADA,
says that taxi operators are ready to comply after all; it is not an exorbitant
sum like it was previously when money was being set and collected by private
He says when Taxis contribute to the treasury; they will
stand in a better position to demand for services like better roads and proper maintenance
of parks among others. Mayambala however asked that the money be paid in instalments
such that it is not a condition for one to get a Passenger Service Vehicle
The Instrument says that the license shall be issued upon presenting
proof of payment of road user fees.
//Cue in: "Kyetukyayongera okusaba...
Cue out: ...kumbpi nekyitundu"//
According to the instrument, anyone who doesn't abide, their vehicle shall be
impounded and parked at a designated parking yard. “Towing and parking fees
where applicable shall be paid by the driver or owner of the impounded vehicle,”
reads the instrument.
The instrument also states that failure to pay or obstruct
an officer from enforcing payment commits an offense and is liable for
conviction to a fine not exceeding Shillings 200,000 or imprisonment for a term
not exceeding a year or both.