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UNBS issues new guidelines for motor vehicle inspection

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO

KAMPALA, Uganda–The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has issued new guidelines for inspection of motor vehicle being imported into the country as a measure to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against motor vehicles that do not meet standards.

In a public notice to motor vehicle importers and dealers, UNBS asserts that all motor vehicles being imported into the country will be inspected for roadworthiness in Uganda prior to their release from the Customs controlled areas, in what is known as destination inspection, until further notice.

This follows the contract expiry of the current service providers.

The UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo said the measure was undertaken to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment by ensuring that the motor vehicles imported into the country meet the required standards.

Between July and December, 2017, UNBS under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme, stopped the importation 246 second hand motor vehicles that did not meet the required safety standards.

“Such vehicles would have adverse effects on the environment and compromised the user’s safety,” Dr. Manyindo said.

Dr. Manyindo said, “UNBS will still recognise valid Certificates of Roadworthiness by East Africa Automobile (EAA), Jabal Kilimanjaro Auto Mech. or Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Centre (JEVIC) issued before 1st June 2018”.