The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) is set to bring in force a new vehicle safety system in the UAE from October. The regulation aims to tightly control the supply and circulation of spare parts across the nation.
Abdullah Al Muaini, Director General of ESMA, said: “Standards are being implemented in coordination with local authorities who will monitor the market. The regulation is part of ESMA’s strategy to regulate the transport sector and vehicles in a comprehensive and integrated manner to ensure safety of vehicles on the roads of the UAE.” Initially, ESMA will focus on new automotive parts, preventing those without the governing body’s quality mark from entering and being sold in markets nationwide.
Local traders of the UAE have been specified a time frame of one year to get rid of all non-complying parts in the market. The new regulations will cover all aspects of the automotive spare parts industry. This includes manufacturing and packaging, transport logistics, storage, disbursal and usage of the parts. According to officials of ESMA, a master central database will be created that will quantify all spare parts manufactured or imported into the country.
After the initial phase in which new parts will be standardized, ESMA will implement the next phase of the drive. Workshops across the UAE will be categorized according to the services they offer by ESMA, and each will receive a likewise rating. The objective of the governing body is to create a central portal which would allow motorists to arrive upon the right garage specific to their vehicles and needs.
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