SOME unscrupulous people in the habit of printing fake used vehicle certificate of conformance at the Nakonde border post will be fined 15 percent of their Curioeur Insurance and Freight (CIF) value as penalty fee, says Zambia Bureau of Standards, (ZABS) director Manuel Mutale.
Mr Mutale said ZABS was aware of the trend by some unscrupulous people who print fake inspection certificates in order to avoid authentic inspections at the border.
Speaking when he addressed members of the press who toured the border post, Mr Mutale said standards on road worthiness for vehicles were very important for the benefit of the public.
He said the bureau was therefore working with the law enforcement agents to ensure that such perpetrators were brought to book and charged with penalties.
“We are aware that there are some people with a tendency of printing fake certificates of conformance for imported vehicles, purporting that they are from companies subcontracted by the bureau to inspect vehicles,
“We want to put up a stern warning that as ZABS, we are closely working with the law enforcement agency to ensure that such culprits are brought to book because that is a criminal offence,” he said.
Mr Mutale said a total of 5,818 vehicles were charged penalties for lack of road worthiness certificates in 2015.
He said the bureau had appointed two contractors Japan Export Vehicles Inspection (JEVIC) and Auto Terminal Japan (AT) to carry out vehicle inspections at ports of export, mostly in Japan.
“In 2015, up to September, a total of 11,893 vehicles were inspected in Japan out of which 8,454 representing 71 percent passed while 3,439 had to undergo re-inspection in export countries,” he said.
Meanwile,Mr Mutale said Government investments in improved boarder facilities had made work for boarder agencies much better.
Mr Mutale explained that the effort from Government was a positive move as it would enhance controls at the boarders.
“We used to operate in containers before the Government improved the boarder facilities by building infrastructure,” he said.