Wakiso Town council leaders have resolved to register all taxis operating in Wakiso District as one way of increasing the tax base.
The Wakiso District town clerk, Mr Livingstone Kasibante, made the revelation on Wednesday noting that the new Wakiso Taxi Park has been abandoned by taxi operators and traders who are evading taxes.
The taxi drivers now operate from Hoima Road where they have put up illegal stages.
“The disputes between taxi operators and traders have forced me to sit with my executive to forge a way forward. The town council is losing about Shs300 million a year in form of taxes,” said Mr Kasibante.
He added that under the new arrangement, only registered taxis and vehicles with stickers that grant them to operate in Wakiso will be allowed in the town council.
Mr Kasibante revealed that council enforcement team with the help of police will begin operations to impound all illegal taxis.
“All individuals or taxi operators arrested during operations will be presented to courts of law,” he said.
According to Mr Kasibante no fixed amount has been decided on but council authorities will soon meet to deliberate on the matter.
“This exercise has worked in Kampala City and other nearby towns. Why should it fail in Wakiso?” he asked.
The Wakiso Town council mayor, Mr Fredrick Mukalazi, said the executive committee has given taxi operators and owners a grace period of one month to register at no cost.
Mr Hussein Mujjuzi, the chairman of the taxi operators, welcomed the idea saying registration will help them solve some issues.
“The idea of registering the taxis is so good because it will help us fight crimes such as simple robbery,” Mr Mujjuzi said.
Traders speak out
The Wakiso District Traders Association chairman, Mr Vincent Kasozi, hailed the initiative for taxi registration saying it will help traders who invested their Shs300m to have their lockups reopened in the abandoned taxi park.
“Wakiso Town Council under the leadership of Mr Cox Ssempebwa, the former town clerk, asked traders to pay for the lockups. We deposited more than Shs300million on the council account expecting the taxi park to operate normally but in vain,” Mr Kasozi said.