TBS impounds 500 used tyres

14Feb 2016
Guardian On Sunday
TBS impounds 500 used tyres

MEMBERS of police force, in collaboration with officials from the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), yesterday mounted searches on Swahili and Ndovu streets in the Kariakoo area of Dar es Salaam for traders selling used tyres.

Used tyres

Last year the government prohibited the sale of such tyres, saying they pose a safety threat to both motorists and pedestrians.

TBS Quality Standard Officer Cunbert Kapilima told The Guardian on Sunday yesterday that they nabbed more than 5 traders selling the banned tyres. Over 500 used tyres were also impounded.

TBS has several standards for tyres specification which include TZS 617:2009, TZS 618:199 , TZS 1064:2008 and TZS 1591:2013, 1592:2013.

According to the standards body, tyres covered under these specifications should last no more than eight years from the date of manufacturing.
Expounding, the TBS inspector said: “Human error and bad roads can cause accidents, but failure to choose the right tyres for specific applications is another cause of accidents.

“TBS will not compromise on the manufacture, importation and use of substandard tyres…it will take stern action against anyone reneging on set standards,” he added.

The official described the choice of ‘the right tyres for the right applications’ as a key factor in transport operations safety.

Speaking on behalf of his members, Chairman of Dar es Salaam Used Tyres Association, Hatibu Mwinyi, said they were not aware of the prohibition notice issued by the government last year.

"We have come to learn today that we are not supposed to sell used tyres.

We will go to TBS offices so they may explain in detail about this operation because our livelihoods depend on the business," he said.

For her part, TBS Principal Public Relations Officer Roida Andusamile said the campaign to be held in Dar es Salaam and other regions countrywide aimed at ensuring that only genuine and approved motor vehicle tyres were sold in the local market.

The campaign will also target lubricants, solar panels, batteries, corrugated iron sheets, cement products, electric cables and second-hand clothes. “We have been receiving many complaints on second-hand tyres.

We’ll remove them from the market as well as substandard ones. Traders should remove them before we catch them,” she cautioned.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Johansen Kahatano was recently quoted by this paper as saying that a number of researches conducted by traffic police on road accidents in the country had established that low quality tyres used were one of the major causes.

“It would be much better for traders to sell quality products, especially car tyres, for the customers’ safety. To be honest it’s one of the ways to reduce rising deaths from road accidents caused by tyre busts,” he stressed.