The Permanent Secretary, Bageya Waiswa on the 15th of October, 2020 signed a new Contract for the Uganda Driver Licensing System. The contract was awarded to Uganda Security and Printing Company (USPC).
The same ceremony saw the Permanent secretary handover part of the Uganda Railways Corporation office premises designated for the issuance of Driving Licenses. The offices have been remodeled to suit the requirements for the issuance of driving permits which includes sufficient parking space, waiting areas and service desks among others.
He noted that the Government is making deliberate efforts to automate its processes to improve service delivery. “The new Uganda Driver Licensing System is one of them; USPC is taking over at a time when the issuance of driving licenses is one of the best services in the country receiving tremendous reviews”.
“Our expectations are, USPC to take this service to the next level way above where it is in line with the Service Level Agreement” stressed Bageya.
The contract will take immediate effect after signature but the issuance of Driving Licenses commences on 1st December 2020.
The Ministry, in a bid to curb road carnage has put in place a number of measures, including a robust and efficient computerized driving license system that produces a driving license within an hour but also minimizes forgeries.
During the Negotiations, the Ministry was able to look at the sample card design to be produced by USPC. The card is ISO compliant. It can be used in EAC, SADC and COMESA regions, even at a Global level.
Upon execution of this Contract, the Ministry, together with USPC will embark on the following activities with immediate effect to ensure a successful launch on 1st December 2020:
Pre-inspection of the Hardware
Complete Data migration from UCDP to UDLS
Final User Acceptance Testing of the new Software
Card Testing at an accredited ISO laboratory
Gazetting of the new driving license
Recruitment of Staff
Communication Strategy – Training and sensitization
Decommissioning process with FACE for all the driving license stations.