Thailand to ban import of used cars image

The government has approved the Transport Ministry’s proposal to ban import and registration of second-hand vehicles, The Nation website reports. In addition, the Transport Ministry has also banned the registration of cars assembled from used parts.

Used bikes, cars and autoparts is a multi-million dollar business in Thailand.

According to the statistics, there were about 4,000 vehicles assembled locally from imported used body parts last year.

The initiative is viewed as being beneficial to domestic automakers as well as for the sake of public safety because ministry officials say many illegally assembled vehicles, especially motorcycles with large engine sizes, were being used for street racing.

Accordingly, the Transport Ministry will ban the registration of four types of passenger vehicles containing used parts, including those with capacity of more than seven persons and 12 persons, personal trucks and motorcycles.