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Motor assembly plant to curb influx of old cars

KALONDE NYATI & KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) says establishment of a motor vehicle assembly plant coupled with strengthening of the pre-shipment road worthiness assessments will go a long way in curbing the influx of old motor vehicles on the market.
Commenting on Government’s plans to introduce a maximum age limit on imported used motor vehicles entering the country, ZIPAR executive director Pamela Kabaso said there is need to establish a motor vehicle assembly plant for popular models through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
Dr Kabaso said strengthening of the pre-shipment road worthiness assessments through engagement of several providers of pre-shipment assessments and enhancement of transparency will ensure quality and safety of motor vehicles.
“At present, the assessment of road worthiness of motor vehicles before they are imported is inadequate and does not incentivise either value for money for consumers or accurate assessments”.
To address this, Government should engage a variety of providers of pre-shipment assessments and institute greater transparency and information on how effectively these assessors identify faulty motor vehicles,” she said yesterday.
Dr Kabaso who welcomed Deputy Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Richwell Siamunene’s announcement to regulate a maximum age limit on imported used motor vehicles entering the country, said the move will ensure quality and safety.
Countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania have capped the age limit of imported vehicles with the caps ranging from seven to 10 years, to curb the influx of old vehicles.
ZIPAR research findings show that the average age of Zambia’s motor vehicle fleet has increased from 12 years in 2006 to above 15 years in 2014 with fears that the fleet could reach 20 years if not addressed.


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