Outrage as government bans importation of used car parts

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The government, through the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has banned the importation of used car spare parts.

This is part of the government strategy of gradually phasing out second-hand vehicles in the country in a bid to increase demand for locally assembled vehicles.

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In a notice sent out to pre-shipment cargo inspectors, the standards agency has specified 17 categories of second-hand spare parts that are banned from entry into the country in a policy shift intended to rid the market of the used car parts.

Kebs Corporate Communications Manager Phoebe Gituku has said the restriction applies only to used car parts.

“The used motor vehicle spare parts are not to be imported. This is outlined in the Standard and implementation began in March 2018. Kebs has only restricted the used spare parts, not new ones,”said Kebs Corporate Communications Manager Phoebe Gituku.

According to Business Daily, most of these spare parts are imported from Dubai and Japan.

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Car parts like tyres, tie-rod-ends, bearings, spark plugs, clutch plates, brake pads, tubes, brake hose pipes, rubber bushes, filters, pressure plates, rack ends, ball joints, break and clutch cables among others will now be imported only as new as per Kebs standard KS2190:2013.

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