The automotive industry in Uganda has experienced a series of new regulations and policy changes in recent years.

The most significant was the ban on importing cars older than nine years, which was later revised to cars older than 13.

The move aimed to improve the quality of vehicles on the country's roads while reducing emissions. However, these new regulations have also affected the affordability of vehicles, especially for low-income earners. We explore Uganda's automotive industry, the impact of new regulations, and the outlook for the industry in 2023.

The Current State of Uganda’s Automotive Industry

Cars are important for getting around in Uganda. There are few car makers in the country, so most cars are imported. People also use boda bodas (motorcycles) and taxis. There are few electric or hybrid cars, but they are becoming more popular.

The New Regulations Regarding Importing Cars

In Uganda, people are only allowed to bring cars that are old enough into the country. The government used to say that cars older than 9 years were not allowed, but now they say bringing cars up to 13 years old is okay. When people bring in an old car, they must register it at the port.

The Outlook for Uganda’s Automotive Industry in 2023

In 2023, Uganda's automotive industry is expected to continue growing. New regulations will ensure that only safe and efficient cars are allowed into the country. This means that people in Uganda can drive newer and better cars, making transportation easier and safer for everyone.


Uganda has new rules for cars that are allowed to be imported. You can't bring in cars that are more than 13 years old. This will help make the country's roads safer. Uganda's car industry might grow even more in 2023.

It's good to know the government is looking for people's safety and supporting the country's economy.