Wondering how to obtain the different driving permit classes in Uganda? Read on as this post entails everything with regard. Obtaining a class B driving permit in Uganda is mandatory for all first-time motor vehicle drivers. This is an introductory class in vehicles as opposed to class A which is for motorcycles only, Class E for extended vehicle carriers, class F for handheld or foot-driven machines, class G for fork lifters, class H for tractors, and class I for boats.
If you are planning to drive for example a passengers taxi or van not exceeding 14 passengers which requires class DL, coasters which require class DM, buses that require class DH, goods trailers that require class CH, and medium goods trucks which require class CM, then obtaining class B, which opens you to driving vehicles is mandatory.
Driving Permit Classes in Uganda
- A – Motorcycles
- B – Cars up to 7 passengers and 3.5 tonnes
- CM – Up to 7 tonnes.
- CH – Heavy goods vehicles
- DL – Taxis with up to 14 passengers
- DM – Coaster buses
- DH – Buses
- E – Extra puller
- F – Pedestrian controlled
- G – Lifters
- H – Tractors
- I – Boats
Adding classes to your driving permit
Once you have acquired class B, of course, you will need to drive for a number of years before you can extend or add another class that falls in the passenger’s services or goods category vehicles. The current year’s limit and ages of the driver is set by the ministry of works for the traffic rules and regulations on behalf of the government and enforced by the issuing bodies.
One should note that there are driving permit fees that should be paid to URA bank on behalf of MoWT (UDLS) apply, for example, one should pay for a provisional, test fees, extension, exchange, renewals, medical examination fees, etc depending on what one is interested in.
Please note that depending on the vehicle or machine or whatever one wants to drive or ride, one should process the exact or matching class of driving permit in Uganda so as to be allowed to drive on the roads.
The minimum required age for one to acquire a driving permit in Uganda is 18 for starters, 25 years for upgrading to another class in the vehicle category but the same age requirement for motorcycles and others as we have seen above.