Zimbabwe bans import of used cars older than 10 years

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Zimbabwe bans import of Japanese second-hand cars which is older than 10 years. As the Zimbabwe country moves to revitalize its automotive industry and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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However, commercial transportation vehicles such as tractors, haulage trucks, earth-moving equipment, and other specialized vehicles used in mining and construction work will be exempt from the new requirement.

The state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported Friday, quoting Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube.

Speaking during his delivery of the 2021 national budget, Prof Ncube noted that Zimbabweans had spent about 1.3 billion U.S. dollars on the import of buses and light-duty commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles from 2015 to September 2020.

“This is despite the existence of capacity by the local motor industry to assemble the above-mentioned range of transportation vehicles.

Effective standards and regulation

“Furthermore, due to shortage of effective standards and regulation, road unworthy vehicles, which, in some instances fail to meet environmental and safety standards, find their way onto the market,” the ZBC quoted Ncube as saying.

Zimbabwe has observed an unprecedented rise in the volume of vehicular traffic on the roads, driven by the availability of cheap imported cars mainly from Japan.

Import of substandard used vehicles are causing road carnage and worsening pollution. It hampers efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change, critics say.

Ncube said earlier this month that Zimbabwe will soon start to locally manufacture buses for the mass public transportation system. As part of government efforts to revive the country’s once-vibrant automobile industry and to reduce the import bill.

Zimbabwe country’s vehicle manufactures have been struggling to stay afloat as the government. That is their biggest customer, and the general public has over the years shunned locally produced vehicles. And preferring cheaper imports instead.

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