Government back down on National Automotive Policy

National Automotive Policy.Used cars

The National Assembly’s Trade, Industry and Cooperative Committee has suspended the proposed National Automotive Policy.

The policy seeks to gradually reduce the age of imported second hand cars from the current eight years to five years before finally phasing off the imports.

It was set to take effect this July.

The committee, chaired by Kanini Kega (Kieni), on Tuesday declared the policy a “roadside pronouncement” that has no legal backing thus stand suspended.

Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, admitted that the proposed policy had not been subjected to public participation and rigorous approval processes by Parliament.

Munya changed tune on the policy when he told the committee that the Government was willing to postpone the ban for one year so as to engage other stakeholders including the importers who have protested over possible massive job losses in the sector.

The CS blamed MPs for failing to offer alternative solutions in the matter but were only quick in poking holes.

Kega declared that dealers would continue importing used cars until the policy goes through the prerequisite stages and subsequent approval by the House.

“I want you to confirm to the people out there that the status quo remains until the policy is approved because this matter has caused a lot of anxiety,” said the MP.

In response, Munya said: “Status quo obviously remains because I don’t have powers to enact laws. This is a draft policy that has not been concluded. But I don’t want to call it a roadside declaration because it is a Government document.”

The committee blamed Munya for trying to rush the policy without looking at its implication to the economy.

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