This was said yesterday in Dar es Salaam by an Inspector with Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) identified as Simon Emmanuel during an exercise to inspect used tyres which was conducted at Kariakoo area in Dar es Salaam.
He said at moment they are still discussing the issue with key stakeholders from government departments, transporters, and sellers of used tyres on how to implement it.
He said once finalised all sellers of used tyres will be required to mark their product with special code that will be easily seen.
“Motorists who will be found with the marked used tyres will be fined or jailed according to the Standard Act No 2 of the year 2009,”he stated.
According to him the government has already banned importation and sale of used tyres more than ten years ago , but still there some unscrupulous traders who continue with the business.
He urged importers and distributors of tyres to make sure that they adhere to standards before selling to final users.
“We can alleviate or minimize the number of road accidents which claim many lives and losses of properties by importing or selling motor vehicle tyres which have been certified by responsible organs”, he said.
Emmanuel said , tyre dealers plays a crucial role in helping the government to remove road accidents by not accepting to import substandard goods in the country.
He noted that the Standard body in collaboration with other stakeholders would continue to review standards for tyres in Tanzania.
On his part, the seller of used tyres along Twiga Street in Kariakoo area identified as Linus Winchslaus, thanked the TBS for the decision to mark tyres with special code.
He said they would comply to the standards and safety of motor vehicles in order to avoid unnecessary accidents which cost lives of Tanzanians.
“We are ready to cooperate with the government in importation of certified tyres hence to reduce accidents which had cost our nation ,” he said.
According to tyre standards 618: 2009 , new tyres have life span of eight (8) years even if they had not been used.