Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS) has banned the importation of vehicles registered in 2013 arriving after December 31.
The orders given
In a statement on Monday, Kebs managing director said the Certificate of Roadworthiness issued for vehicles with a year of first registration of 2013 shall be invalid after December 31, 2020.
“All vehicles issued with such certificates must arrive at the Port of Destination/Entry by December 31, 2020,” the KEBS MD said.
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He said the vehicles arriving at the port of destination past the given timeline turns rejected. It shall be at the expense of the importer.
In addition, Kebs said that importers of used vehicles including returning residents, diplomatic staff, and the general public that Only Right-Hand Drive (RHD) whose first year of registration is from January 1, 2014, and later shall be allowed into the country from January 1, 2021.
The country bans vehicles made in 2013 from entering the country by the end of the year. According to the eight-year age limit rule since would be more than eight years old.
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The agency said that vehicles exported to Kenya must comply with KS1515:2000. Therefore vehicles from countries with an inspection agency shall be accompanied with a Certificate of Roadworthiness issued by the agency.
The importers said lack of ships led to delays in bringing in units. Some 2013 made cars expected to arrive later next year.
The traders appealed to the Kebs and the Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development ministry. This aims at allowing them an extension of three months, to March 2021. Through the Car Importers Association of Kenya (CIAK),
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This comes after used car importers pleaded with the government in November to extend the deadline.