Govt considers putting import restrictions on second-hand Japanese vehicles
The Herald reports that Government is considering the addition of second-hand vehicle imports from Japan on the list for conformity assessment in order to protect consumers from sub-standard vehicles as well as to promote local assemblers. This means that if approved, all vehicle imports from Japan will be subject to evaluation by Bureau Veritas and issued with conformity assessment certificates before they can be allowed into the country.
Said Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha:
In a number of countries, cars from Japan especially cannot just come into countries due to issues to do with radiation. Some countries are very strict about the importation of cars from Japan, which I think we need to move towards to as well. It is incumbent for every country to ensure its citizens are protected against sub-standard products. It may be costly but the benefits outweigh the cost.
However the Bureau Veritas has been accused of delaying the issuing out of conformity certificates.