Used Car Dealers Association to set up local vehicles testing facility
Used Car Dealers Association has issued a statement saying it is prepared to invest any amount of money to set up a vehicles-testing facility in Uganda. The Used Car Dealers Association leadership says it is willing to work with the government through the public-private partnership arrangement to establish modern vehicle-testing facilities that could also be used for testing road worthiness of vehicles that are already on the road.
“We cannot wait to discuss this arrangement (investing in a vehicle testing facility) with government,” Mr Siddiq Mushtaq, a senior member of the Used Car Dealers Association, said earlier in the week.
A statement issued by the Used Car Dealers Association further recommended that government suspends mandatory inspection at the ports of export (before the vehicles are shipped here) as consensus and modalities on its implementation is being agreed.
Although some of them support the move to have vehicles inspected before being shipped into the country, importers of used cars say the decision was unilaterally imposed on them.
The importers of used vehicles also claim the inspection fee of about $300 (about Shs756,000) raises the cost of doing business given that the cost is passed over to the consumer, making the cost of a used vehicle increase by nearly a million shillings.
But the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) says the importers of used cars, particularly from Japan, are aware of the fee whose enforcement is already due. UNBS adds that it is not true that the inspection has been arbitrarily imposed on them.
Ms Patriccia Bageine Ejalu, the UNBS deputy executive director, said the institution inspects the vehicles to safeguard the interests of consumers. She said the pre-export verification of conformity (PVOC) programme is being enforced because of the potential dangers of radiation. Some of its effects include causing cancer, among others. Therefore, it is supposed to ensure all used vehicles in Uganda are fit to be on the road.