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Right at the last minute! Just months from the 2020 deadline for left-hand drive vehicles to leave the roads in Mozambique, the executive decides to withdraw the measure, to the euphoria of businesspeople, transporters in particular.
The “prolonged life” of this type of vehicle was okayed by decision of this week’s Council of Ministers, which revoked Article 117 (6) of the Traffic Code, which prohibited the importation of left-hand drive vehicles for commercial purposes, to adapt the road code to the current reality and boost socio-economic development of the country.
With the lifting of the restriction, a transport sector that had been growing slowly and losing market share (between 2012 and 2018, more than 75% of foreign-controlled cargo transportation) is back in business.
When prohibiting the import and movement of left-hand drive vehicles, the government had invoked road safety issues and the regional context embodied in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol.
By Edson AranteSource: O País
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