Sunday, 30 May 2021 19:53

Motor traders cry foul over Vehicle assembly using used spare parts Featured

Throwing dust in eyes of government authorities

Vehicle assembly from imported used/second hand parts has raised its ugly head once again taking advantage of the motor car shortage in the country.

This manufacturing of cars is being carried out by several business men causing massive potential tax revenue losses to the government, and the environmental and health related externalities that can arise due to the operation of old and inefficient vehicles on the road that have not been tested for safety or standards.

It also violates Intellectual Property Rights due to the assembly of motor vehicles from second hand vehicles that have been purchased abroad, dismantled and then imported into the country, legal experts said.

The police have conducted several raids several raids on complaints received from Sri Lanka Customs and Motor traffic Department some times back.

This matter came to lime light following the arrested of a 56-year-old former CMC council female member by Police Special Task Force for the possession of an illegally assembled car in Colombo 13 on Wednesday (26).According to police sources, the car is suspected of being linked to a crime.

This incident has exposed the illegal vehicle assembly business taking place in the country at a time where the government is exploring the possibility of promoting local vehicle assembly industry

The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) has protested to the Government against a proposed Cabinet memorandum to allow the assembly of vehicles with used parts by one company, saying it is a violation of multiple local and international laws.

It points to a lack of roadworthiness in vehicles assembled in this manner and an adverse impact on the environment through air pollution from increased vehicles emissions.

“Permitting vehicles to be assembled with used parts is a clear violation of several laws and regulations of the country and international treaty obligations including the Motor Traffic Act (MTA), the Intellectual Property Act, the Consumer Affairs Authority Act, etc,”

 

 

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