Zim bans used car imports
HARARE – The government has banned the importation of second-hand vehicles as part of a raft of new measures aimed at arresting the carnage on the country’s roads.
According to Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use) Regulations published in the government gazette of September 17, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development is also phasing out left-hand vehicles.
The regulations that will also hit hard owners of unroadworthy vehicles and cripple local car dealers come into effect on March 1, 2011. Vehicles older than five years will be affected and the move will push the price of locally assembled cars beyond the reach of many.
The statutory instrument says in part: “No person shall import any vehicle for registration and use on any road in Zimbabwe if the year of manufacture from the country of origin is more than five years.” “Provided that this shall not apply to any motor vehicle registered in Zimbabwe before the 31st of March, 2011.”
Used Japanese cars have become popular with Zimbabweans over the years as they are cheaper than those assembled locally. Previous attempts by government to [continue reading]