Only RHD cars registered January 1, 2014 or later to be allowed: KEBS

Only RHD cars (right-hand drive) whose year of first registration is from January 1, 2014 and later shall be allowed into Kenya effective January 1, 2021.

Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) said the notice applies to all importers of used/second motor vehicles including returning residents, diplomatic staff and the general public.

“KEBS has received petitions that COVID-19 pandemic might have affected some importers due to disruption of shipping schedules. KEBS therefore wishes to inform such importers to lodge all the necessary supporting documents to prove the impact of COVID-19 to their shipment before a waiver can be considered. Such documentation should be received not later than 28th December 2020,” said KEBS Managing Director Bernard Njiraini.

The notice is pursuant to the provision of KS 1515:2000 – Kenya Standard Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles, and Legal Notice No.78 of April 28, 2020; Verification of Conformity to Kenya Standards of Imports Order.

“This only applies to vehicles that had been purchased, inspected and issued with a Certificate of Roadworthiness on or before 1st of December 2020 and which are likely to arrive into the country after the cut-off date of 31st December, 2020,” Lt Col (Rtd.) Njirani said.

Cars exported to Kenya will be expected to comply with KS 1515:2000 – Kenya Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles.

Vehicles from countries where KEBS has an inspection Agency (Japan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Thailand, Singapore and South Africa) will be expected to be accompanied with a Certificate of Roadworthiness (CoR) issued by the Agencies appointed by KEBS.

KEBS further clarified that Certificates of Roadworthiness for vehicles whose year of first registration is 2013 will not be valid after December 31, 2020.

All vehicles issued with such Certificates of Roadworthiness must have arrived at the Port of Destination/ Ports of Entry points by the end of this year.

KEBS stated that 2013 Vehicle registered in 2013 arriving after December 31, 2020 will be deemed not to comply with KS 1515:2000 and shall be rejected at the importer’s expense.

“Importers are therefore advised to take necessary measures and comply with the requirements to avoid rejection of their 2013 motor vehicles,” the notice reads.

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