PRESENTATION: Used Vehicles Exported to the African Continent
- Marietta Harjono, Coordinating Specialist, Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT), Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
During the "Safer and Cleaner Used Vehicles for Africa" webinar held on April 8, 2021, Marietta Harjono - Coordinating Specialist to the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) at Netherlands' Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management - delivered a presentation on their recently published study on the quality of used vehicles exported to Africa. The presentation provides an overview of the main findings of the report - the majority of vehicles exported to Africa do not meet minimum quality standards for roadworthiness. Ultimately, the study concludes that regulation works, but joint action between exporting and importing countries is needed to curb the trade of end-of-life vehicles. Several actions for promoting sustainable mobility and low carbon transport systems are presented, such as (i) harmonizing fuel and vehicle standards throughout the continent; (ii) promoting the implementation of used vehicles import regulation; (iii) promoting vehicle inspection and maintenance programs; and (iv) setting up safe recycling networks.