In the coming days the government is expected to renew its contract with EAA Company Ltd., which provides pre-inspection services for second-hand vehicles being exported out of Japan to The Bahamas.
Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said in addition to extending the service for another three years, the government is also seeking to increase the inspection fees and is also seeking to have EAA Company expand its services to provide pre-inspections for vehicles coming out of the United States as well.
“The agreement between the ministry, BBSQ (Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality) and the EEA Company Ltd. in Japan for the extension of this relationship will be signed in a matter of days,” Foulkes said.
“The new agreement was negotiated for a further three years and our contribution from inspection fees charged will be increased from $20 to $40 per vehicle. We have also asked EAA to look at a similar vehicle inspection program for vehicles coming from the United States into The Bahamas.”
Foulkes said since the implementation of the pre-export verification of conformity (PVC) program in March of 2019, a total of 11,691 used vehicle units have been pre-inspected as of February 2020.
This averages approximately 1,000 cars per month, he said.
“The PVC program has played a significant role in the detection and prevention of substandard used vehicles being imported into our country; and it has proven to be self-reliant for the bureau of standards. In other words, for every car inspected by EAA Company the BBSQ receives $20 per vehicle from the inspection of the charge,” he said.
“Our government will no longer allow the practice of dumping non-roadworthy vehicles on our roads to endanger the lives of Bahamian road users.”
There were 17,191 vehicles imported into the country from Japan in 2018.
The public private partnership between EAA Company and the government started last year to ensure that all used vehicles being imported from Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates are inspected and meet approved quality standards before being shipped to The Bahamas.