TBS vehicle inspections see 1.5bn/- April-June earnings

10Jun 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TBS vehicle inspections see 1.5bn/- April-June earnings

​​​​​​​THE Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) collected 1.5bn/- between April 15 and June 8 from the inspection of imported vehicles offloaded at the Dar es Salaam port.

The amount was collected from mandatory inspection fees paid on imported vehicles, as during the period TBS inspected 4,779 imported vehicles, handling 480 vehicles per day from 96 earlier.

The TBS Director of Quality Control, Said Mkwawa, said at a one-day forum with media personnel from different outlets on the role of the standards watchdog, noting that the scope of inspecting imported vehicles has increased, enabling higher revenue collections.

Savings have been made by the change in procedure, as previously when cars were inspected abroad, the government was receiving around 600m/- per month, he said.

Payment is made through the e-government payment system rather than handing the cash to TBS, with costs of inspection put at 350,000/- per vehicle.

About 85 percent of defects detected in inspections are on tires, lights and minor items that are fixed by local garages, meanwhile as next month TBS expects to import 12 vehicle inspection equipment from Germany priced at 3bn/-.

Using such equipment will enable TBS to inspect 1,200 vehicles per day from its inspection centre at the BRT yard adjacent to the port, while vehicles failing to comply with the requirements must be upgraded to obtain a roadworthiness certificate, before the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) clears it for routine use.

TBS information and communications technology (ICT) director Jabir Abdi said the local inspection procedure has helped provide employment to young people in areas where cars found to be damaged are being repaired, and increased car dealer incomes.

Vehicle inspection ensures that garages get business and the government gets revenues; it also creates employment for Tanzanians who then gain experience on the work, he said.

TBS Director General Dr Athumani Ngenya urged members of the public to order vehicles through reputable clearing and forwarding companies to avoid the high costs that they will incur to repair cars if they are found to have defects.

"If a car importer finds that there is a defect in the car then the company he/she used will be responsible for the maintenance and if the person does not use that method then he will incur a loss as it will have missed the required standards,” he said.

TBS is determined to ensure that all used cars imported into the country comply with the set requirements for such cars before they can be allowed on the roads, he added.

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