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Motorcycle number plates hitch hits 20,000 units

It is mandatory for all motorcycles assembled or imported to be fitted with number plates before release to the market.

A shortage of motorcycle number plates has stalled the sale of more than 20,000 bikes following a production hitch at Kamiti Maximum Prison. The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) attributed the shortage of the plates to lack of raw materials for production amid an increase in demand for motorcycle registration.“We are in discussion with the supplier to increase supply,” Francis Meja, the director general at NTSA said on Monday.It is mandatory for all motorcycles assembled or imported to be fitted with number plates before release to the market.This is meant to check tax evasion by unscrupulous traders through dumping in the local market cars meant for landlocked Uganda and Rwanda.“We are receiving materials anytime from abroad to resume manufacturing,” Commissioner General of Prisons Isaiah Osugo said yesterday.Sale of motorbikes rose 56 percent in 2017 to 186,434 bikes on the back of increased demand from transporters.

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