Sri Lanka vehicle assembly with used spares violates Customs rule: CMTA

ECONMYNEXT – Sri Lankan agents representing global automobile manufacturers have slammed a government decision to allow assembly of vehicles with imported used spare parts, saying it raises safety concerns and breaks Customs rules.

The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association said in a statement it is concerned over the recent decision by the government, where it allowed the assembling of motor vehicles locally by using imported used spare parts.

This move by the authorities, the Association, the apex body representing the manufacturers of the global automobile brands in Sri Lanka, says will jeopardize the safety of motorists, the general public and also contravenes an existing customs regulation.

The present Customs rule only permits the importation of vehicles that haves been used up to a maximum of 3 years, from the date of first registration.

“The move also contradicts the Government’s policy, which encourages the re-export of motor vehicles that has been used for a period of maximum of five years in Sri Lanka to reduce the impact to the environment,” the CMTA said.

“The danger of allowing this to go ahead is that the unsuspecting motor vehicle buyer would not know the year of manufacture of these so-called assembled vehicles and a car manufactured 10 years ago can be issued with the latest registration number plates from the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.”

The CMTA said a 10 year old car will also not have the relevant spare parts necessary for repairs and maintenance as the guarantee of spare parts from the manufacturer is for only valid between 10-15 years from the date of manufacture.

“In the event of a major accident, the engine number and the cassis number would not be able to be related to manufacturers’ records, thereby even causing security concerns,” it said.

“The status of registration will also be ambiguous, and will therefore, cause further complications legally.”

 The Association said it also believes such a move would create environmental and safety issues and also contradicts the government’s long-term policy of standardizing vehicles with brand-new vehicle imports.





“Any decision taken in extending the life of obsolete vehicles assembled from used spare parts could be a strain on the country’s balance sheet,” it said. “Therefore all citizens will have to bear the negative effects of this action.”
(COLOMBO, April 5, 2017)

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