Rwanda Government discontinues the transfer of car number plates

The Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has assessed the car registration process where a vehicle’s number plate will be registered with a person or an organisation and will not be transferable.

This means, for example, that in the case of a sale, the new owner will issue a new number plate instead of having to inherit the same number owned by the original owner.

Consequently, a fresh number plate will be awarded to the new proprietor when a car is purchased.

According to an RRA declaration signed by RRA Commissioner- General Pascal Bizimana Ruganintwali, this year the new directive will take impact in September.

The declaration advised vehicle owners that those who have not transmitted vehicle ownership information risk  being regarded as not the vehicle’s legal owners .

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Previously, RRA called on members of the public to transfer vehicle ownership information that did not receive the  required uptake in the past months.

The method, authorities say, is essential for various reasons, including enabling safety and law enforcement.

For example, this will facilitate the department of Rwanda’s National Police Traffic as it continues to increase  vigilance by using CCTV cameras to monitor highway users.

RNP spokesperson Police Commissioner Jean Bosco Kabera told reporters that the development would be handy  for law enforcement officers as they move to use CCTV cameras.

With the department rapidly adopting traffic cameras and speed cameras for enhanced surveillance and vigilance,  details of car registration that are not updated could impact law enforcement.

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“RNP have been and are still arguing the public to especially those concerned to transfer car ownership. Otherwise, in addition to road safety offenses, a car which you otherwise sold to someone may be used in other crimes. This is not good,” Kabera said.

He said the CCTV camera improves the job of the department as they provide irrefutable proof against perpetrators  of road safety.

“They (CCTV cameras) provide irrefutable evidence against Road Safety offenders in places where they may be or may not be police officers physical presence. They also make drivers exercise caution while driving which is a good thing for enhancing road safety,” he added.

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With the fresh information and method of registering, he said they are hopeful about the enhanced effect of using  the technology.


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