Zambia's Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) on Monday announced a ban on the importation of motor vehicles that do not have engine numbers.
The agency said in a statement the ban, which follows an influx of newly imported vehicles into the country without engine numbers, will become effective on September 30.
The agency urged importers to stop buying second hand vehicles without engine numbers. The agency, in consultation with other stakeholder5rs, has resolved that the International Police (Interpol), will carry out investigations to ascertain which vehicles were imported before the directive.
"To facilitate registration of motor vehicles that were imported before this directive came into effect, the Road Transport and Safety Agency, in consultation with all stakeholders resolved that Interpol will be investigating if indeed the vehicles in question came without an engine number and later provide a new one and record it in an improvised register," it said.
According to the statement, in order not to inconvenience importers that had already bought vehicles without engine numbers, Interpol will further start allocating the seven-digit as engine numbers to those motor vehicles that were imported without engine numbers before the directive.
It however noted that this was only meant to clear the backlog as the grace period will be lifted after three months.