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The government’s decision to prohibit the importation of vehicles which are not equipped with air bags and seat belts and below the emission standards of Euro IV or its equivalent has been postponed to July 1, the Finance Ministry said today.

The regulation was scheduled to come into effect from January 1 as stipulated by the Budget-2017.

“The decision to postpone was taken after considering the proposals made by motor vehicle importers and manufacturers for a lead time to make required adjustments to comply with the proposed emission standards and safety measures,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement went on to say that vehicles which do not carry air bags and belts for drivers and front seat passengers, Anti-Locking Breaking System standards (ABS) and three – point seat belts for all will not be allowed to be imported in to the country.

“As this rescheduling of the implementation is made based on the industry representations, the dealers, importers and manufacturers are strictly advised to refrain from establishing any Letter of Credit for import of motors vehicles, which will not comply with the specified standards and safety standards with an estimated arrival date after July 01, 2018. Further details on the implementation of the new standards for vehicles, including the types of vehicles will be notified by the respective implementation agencies shortly,” it said.

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