nicholas goche.jpgGovernment has suspended the proposed ban on the importation of second-hand vehicles of more than five years till further notice.

The Minister of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development, Cde Nicholas Goche said after wide consultations, the proposed ban on the importation of second-hand vehicles has been suspended until the economy has fully recovered.

“We have been persuaded to suspend this aspect of the Statutory Instrument, so the proposed ban on the importation of vehicles that are five years old and above has been suspended,” said Cde Goche.

Statutory Instrument 154 of 2010 had also proposed the ban on left hand driven vehicles on the country’s roads.

Cde Goche said with effect from the 1st of November this year, there will be restriction on the importation of these vehicles but those already in the country will be allowed to be on the roads up to the end of their lifespan.

 

“The ban on the importation of left hand vehicles will remain, but we have made a concession that those vehicles already in the country will remain on the roads,” Minister Goche added.

Minister Goche said the Statutory Instrument was put in place in anticipation that the economy would have improved and banks will be offering loans to individuals and companies.

However, there has been little economic expansion and government saw it fit to suspend the ban until the economy is fully functional.