Used minibusses, double-deckers, and big buses are prohibited from importation in Kenya, according to the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).
On Thursday, April 28, KEBS announced a July 1st ban. Importers of automobiles are advised to strictly follow the rules and regulations.
Locally made and produced buses are preferred, the government body claims, helping to strengthen the local economy.
In accordance with KS1515:2019 – Road Vehicles – Inspection of Road Vehicles – Code of Practice, the standards body said the ban was necessary.
KEBS further said that diesel and petroleum vehicles will only be imported with its consent.
The agency also said that potential buyers should seek clarity on the EURO IV/4 emission requirements, which are aimed to cut nitrogen oxide emissions.
According to KEBS, the 8-year rule would continue to apply to all other autos.
Kenyans may only import cars that are less than 8 years old from the date of registration.