The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) on Thursday, April 28 published details of new import restrictions for automobiles in Kenya. 

The move represents the implementation of the National Automotive Policy aimed at supporting locally assembled and manufactured vehicles.

The restrictions announced by KEBS will take effect on July 1, 2022. They are;

  1. All used passenger  minibus, Midi bus, Large bus, Single-articulated and Bi-articulated buses and Double decker  buses shall not be allowed for importation into the country. However, used passenger Microbus (up to 7m overall length) shall continue to be imported  into the country provided they are not  older than Eight (8) years from the year of first registration.
  2. All used rigid trucks with GVM equal to or greater than 3.5 tons and up to and including 30 tons shall not be allowed  for importation into the country.
  3. Only tractor heads and Prime movers not older than three  (3) years from the year of first registration shall be allowed for importation. This shall apply up to 30th June 2023 after which NO used tractor heads and prime movers shall be allowed for importation into the country.
  4. All imported new diesel powered, and petrol (gasoline) powered vehicles shall be type approved to meet the requirements of EURO IV/4 before importation into the country.

Importers and members of the public were urged to familiarize themselves with the restrictions by purchasing the standard from the KEBS library or online through the store on their website.

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