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
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
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