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Vintage cars freed from vehicle inspection

By Stella Naigino

Added 3rd July 2017 04:09 PM

According to Dr John Baptist Niwagaba, the Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show chairman, vintage cars have been recognised by the government as a special category of cars for leisure and tourism

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Niwagaba and Motoring Editor Robert Mudhasi (right) opening the hood to see the engine of this 1942 Mercedes Benz

According to Dr John Baptist Niwagaba, the Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show chairman, vintage cars have been recognised by the government as a special category of cars for leisure and tourism

In March 2015, the Ministry of Works and Transport, awarded SGS, a Swiss company, a contract to carry out vehicle inspection country wide, but vintage cars have been exempted from this exercise.

According to Dr John Baptist Niwagaba, the Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show chairman, vintage cars have been recognised by the government as a special category of cars for leisure and tourism.

“They are rarely on the road and only appear for special events and when need arises. We cannot repair them to the required standards to go through the inspection because their spare parts are very expensive and rare,” Niwagaba said.

He adds that repairing those cars to the required standard by mechanics here is hard and the spare parts are hard to get in the shortest period possible.

He said these cars will retain their old number plates and they will be exempted from paying certain taxes.

He made the remarks last week at a press briefing on the Uganda vintage and auto show that will open on July 29 at Sheraton Hotel gardens.​

The New Vision Motoring section is running details about this show every Sunday until the show is held.

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