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Kenya Bureau of Standards may ban import of second
hand commercial vehicles and give boost local industry

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya is considering putting in place a ban of second hand commercial vehicles import in order to boost local automotive industry, the standards agency said on Tuesday.

Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) released the draft code of practice for inspection of road vehicles regulations during a motor vehicle stakeholder forum in Nairobi.

One of the proposals of the draft regulations includes a proposal to ban imports of used commercial vehicles in the country in order to boost the manufacturing sector which is one of the four pillars of the Big Four Agenda, the national development blueprint.

Commercial vehicles that could be prohibited from being imported includes pickups, lorries and buses which currently constitute the bulk of vehicles produced locally.

Once the draft is approved by stakeholders, the National Standards Committee will ratify the regulations which will then be gazetted by the cabinet secretary in the ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.

Kebs also proposes to reduce the age limit of imported non-commercial vehicles from the current eight years to five years for cars whose engine capacity is above 1500 cc.

The automobile standards will also tighten the pollution laws to ensure that vehicle emissions in the country from the transport sector are reduced.

According to the 2019 economic survey, the number of registered motor vehicles increased from 91,071 units in 2017 to 102,036 units in 2018 with more than 80 percent being imported cars.

             

 

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