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Zambian Standard (ZS) 560: Requirements for used motor vehicles

ZABS with HAZEL ZULU
TODAY, I share with you some very critical information about the Zambian Standard (ZS) 560 – Code of practice for inspection and testing of used motor vehicles for road-worthiness. This is an issue that has always arisen whenever the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has addressed a public for a forum, be it a sensitisation or training programme.
It is a topic that is on the minds of many and it has therefore become imperative that we discuss it in detail more often. And it is our sincere hope, dear reader, that you will be able to digest the gist of this compulsory standard.
BACKGROUND
In December 2006, the Zambian Standard (ZS) 560 – Code of practice for inspection and testing of used motor vehicles for road-worthiness was declared compulsory by the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry through Statutory Instrument number 120 of 2006.
This was as a result of numerous complaints by the general public about the quality of used motor vehicles that were being imported into the country. The standard was made compulsory in order to facilitate acceptance of only roadworthy vehicles on Zambian roads and to prevent export of sub-standard vehicles or un-roadworthy vehicles to Zambia. The standard also covers the requirements for the air conditioning gases that are not accepted by our environmental laws.
To this effect, all imported used motor vehicles are required to meet the requirements of the standard. From the foregoing, it is important to note that the standard was declared mandatory in order to promote public safety as well as address environmental concerns.
WHY SHOULD IMPORTED USED MOTOR VEHICLES UNDERGO RWIs?
Effective Road Worthiness Inspections (RWIs) minimise the risk of unsafe and substandard vehicles entering the Zambian market, thus ensuring safety and environmental protection for Zambians.
The major points of consideration for the RWIs is that it provides;
SAFETY
RWI will enable detection of any mechanical problems as stipulated in ZS560 standard (brakes, lights, shocks, alignment, chassis, tyres etc) that will jeopardise the importer’s vehicle’s road-worthiness.
CONFIDENCE
Thorough vehicle inspection gives a great sense of confidence and assurance that your vehicle is in good and optimal condition.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The vehicle is inspected to ensure that it does not emit excessive smoke and noxious gases that pollute the environment. The vehicle is also inspected to ensure that it is not contaminated with radioactive materials.
LEGALITY
Vehicle inspection will protect the importer from any consequences of purchasing vehicles that suffer from irregularities such as ‘cut and joint’ and stolen vehicles. The inspection will verify the legality of your vehicle.
Inspection is done at Source
The vehicle is inspected before export and if it does not comply, it will not be shipped to Zambia.
IS PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION OF MOTOR VEHICLES A COMMON PRACTICE IN OTHER COUNTRIES?
Pre-shipment inspection of goods is a standard international practice which helps countries control the influx of sub-standard products from entering their markets. The greatest advantage of this practice is that the sub-standard products are detected at source and prevented from being shipped to importing countries.
Regarding pre-shipment inspection of used motor vehicles, the procedure is currently being applied in other countries in the region, including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
WHO ARE THE OFFICIAL AGENTS OF RWIs IN ZAMBIA?
ZABS has signed a three-year contract with two companies, Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Centre Co. Ltd (JEVIC) of Japan, with its Zambian partner Jokena Auto Technology of Lusaka, and Auto Terminal Japan (ATJ) Limited with its Zambian partner Buenos Aires Consultancy Services based in Lusaka.
The two companies have been contracted to carry out pre-shipment road worthiness inspections on behalf of ZABS.
WHICH COUNTRIES ARE COVERED UNDER THIS RWIs CONTRACT?
Under this contract, the countries covered include United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States of America and South Africa.
WHAT ARE THE INSPECTION FEES?
The inspection fees for both service providers are as follows:
Japan : US$140.00 only
United Arab Emirates : US$140.00 only
Singapore : US$140.00 only
United Kingdom : US$ 200.00 only
South Africa : US$140.00 only
United States of America : US$140.00 only
Any fees charged beyond the above stipulated amounts are illegal and should immediately be brought to the attention of ZABS. Well, it is our sincere hope that this information will help you to make an informed decision to promote public safety for the good of us all!
The author is Head -Marketing and Public Relations
Write to the Director
Zambia Bureau of
Standards
Lechwe House
Freedom Way Southend
P O Box 50259, Lusaka
Tel; 231385
Email: zabs@zamnet.zm

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