New vehicles imported from the United Arab Emirates must be inspected before being shipped to the country.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has introduced the rule that requires new vehicles imported from Dubai to have a certificate of roadworthiness (COR).
Ordinarily, new vehicles imported to Kenya do not require a COR.
But according to Kebs, the measure was prompted by intelligence reports showing that some unscrupulous people are tampering with manufacturers' vehicle specifications.
It emerged that left-hand-drive vehicles are being converted to right-hand drives, a move that may compromise stability and endanger motorists.
In an advertisement in local newspapers, Kebs Managing Director Charles Ongwae said the decision was made after the agency noted the anomalies on new vehicles imported from Dubai.
“Importers and agents are therefore advised to ensure they avail new vehicles they import from Dubai for inspection to Quality Inspection Services of Japan (QISJ) before shipment,” the advertisement read.Vehicles imported without the certificate will be rejected, the MD warned