The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has released a list of vehicles Kenyans should not import into the country.
In the list of vehicles KEBS has banned is the importation of importation of used mini-buses, double-decker, and large buses into the country.
The ban is contained in a notice on Thursday, April 28, 2022. In this notice, KEBS stated that the ban will take effect from July 1, 2022.
According to KEBS, the ban is meant at promotion if uptake of locally assembled and fabricated ones in a move that will grow the local industry.
KEBS also said thay the ban is in line with declaration of KS1515:2019 – Road Vehicles – Inspection of Road Vehicles – Code of Practice that was signed by the Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization, Trade, and Enterprise
“However, used passenger Microbus of up to seven meters overall length shall continue to be imported into the country provided they are not older than eight years from the year of first registration,” said KEBS.
Additionally, diesel and petrol-fueled vehicles will only be imported into the country with its approval.
The agency added that these vehicles must meet the EURO IV/4 emission standards that are intended to limit the emission of nitrogen oxide into the environment with potential buyers advised to seek clarification.
“Importers and members of the public are encouraged to buy the standard from the KEBS library or online through KEBS webstore at www.kebs.org to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the standard,” KEBS said.