Dealers frown on ECOWAS regulation on vehicle emission standards

*The ECOWAS new regulation will likely have significant negative economic consequences for Nigerian consumers and the entire economy, says AMDON

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria (AMDON) has written a letter of objection to the Federal Government over the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sponsored study titled, “Study for the Development of a Regional Framework for the Harmonisation of Fuel Grade and Vehicle Emission Standards in ECOWAS Region, Final Report”.

ConsumerConnect gathered that AMDON’s letter, addressed to the Honourable Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, and received in the Minister’s office November 23, 2020, noted that the policy is aimed at banning importation of cars older than five years in order to control carbon emission in the West African sub-region.

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If approved, according to the document the association made available to The Nation, the policy is expected to take effect January 1, 2021.

“If approved and implemented as proposed, the regulation will likely have significant negative economic consequences for Nigerian consumers and the economy and will likely have minimal environmental and health benefits for many years to come.”

It was learnt that Prince Ajibola Adedoyin, National President of AMDON, in Abuja, disclosed that the vehicle dealers association is already battling for the extension the Nigerian Auto Policy of 10 years manufacturing for cars and 15 years of manufacturing for trucks for affordability and accessibility.

The ECOWAS policy also wants to adopt a particular grade of biofuel in order to reduce emission from vehicles, said Prince Adedoyin.

The National President of AMDON said: “There is a meeting that ECOWAS had and they were talking about biofuel. They have them in grades.

“They are saying that there is a certain grade of biofuel because of the green revolution they are trying to do, they want to reduce emission from cars.”

He noted that “they now want to encourage the West African countries to make sure that any car they are bringing in should not be more than five years of manufacturing.

“And the trucks should not be more than 10 years of manufacturing. We feel it is not tenable or workable most especially for the African countries.”

African region, according to him, simply wants to please the Western world to implement the policy that will make transportation inaccessible and unaffordable.

The policy will take a toll on the people’s economy since the Federal Government is not known for buying vehicles for the citizenry, he added.

Adedoyin, however, cautioned the ECOWAS not to make the mistake of imitating countries that have a system in place for credit facilities.

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