RTSA suspends imports of cars without engine numbers

THE Road Transport and Safety Agency has suspended the importation of motor vehicles that do not have engine numbers with effect from September 3.

This follows an influx of newly imported motor vehicles without engine numbers.

RTSA stated that to facilitate registration of motor vehicles imported before this directive came into effect, the agency, in consultation with all stakeholders, resolved that Interpol would be investigating if indeed the vehicles in question came without an engine number and later provide a new one and record it in an improvised register.

“Further, the Agency and other stakeholders that included Zambia Police, Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and motor dealers resolved that importers should stop buying second hand vehicles without engine numbers. In this vein, ZABS has been asked to advise JEVIC and EEA, the contracting companies on pre-shipment inspection to inform motor vehicle suppliers of this development,” it stated. “In order to avoid inconveniencing importers that had already bought vehicles without engine numbers, Interpol will start allocating the seven digits as engine numbers to these motor vehicles and RTSA will be registering them as such. This is only meant to clear the backlog and the grace period will be lifted after three months as Interpol, RTSA and ZABS will soon after stop allowing such vehicles into the country.”

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