Used Car Importers Protest Against Standards Programme
News: Used car importers are protesting against sections of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards' (UNBS) Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC) programme, reports NewVision. The importers have shut down their businesses and offices and rejected buyers in protest at the scheme, which came into effect in late 2013. The PVoC programme expects all the imported used motor vehicles to be tested for road worthiness by any one of the contracted quality assessment companies. The companies contracted by UNBS are Japan-based Japan East Africa Automobile, UAE-based Jabal Kilimanjaro and US-based Javic. This scheme is proving to be expensive to the importers, according to Amrit Pal Singh, the director Ajit Motors Limited, a member of the Used Car Association of Uganda.