IMPORT OF MOTOR VEHICLES WITHOUT ENGINE NUMBERS BANNED

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The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is hereby informing members of the public that with effect from 30th September 2018 ,the Agency will not allow the importation of motor vehicles that do not have engine numbers.

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

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To facilitate registration of motor vehicles that were imported before this directive came into effect, the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) in consultation with all stakeholders resolved that INTERPOL will 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.

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 would soon after stop allowing such vehicles into the country.

For more information get in touch with the RTSA Call Centre on 0955 983983 or call our Toll free line 983

Kindly take this as official notification.

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Public Relations Unit
7th Floor, Premium House
Lusaka

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