Stiff penalties would be instituted by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on persons importing vehicles with used tyres.
In a release, the agency notified the general public of the new rules stating that as of June 1, 2017, persons importing vehicles , with used tyres including the spare, which do not conform to the stipulated standards set out following the recently amended laws, will be required to pay fines for each tyre not in conformity.
The release further stated that the category of motor vehicles for which the used tyres are restricted includes motor cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, pick-ups, buses and other similar vehicles. The restriction excludes heavy duty vehicles including trucks, lorries, vehicles used in the agricultural and industrial sector and special purpose vehicles.
The restriction on used tyres became effective on April 1, last. However, it has been observed that vehicles are still being imported with used tyres. The standard set for used tyres to be allowed (once they are imported with the vehicle) is no less than 6mm in measurement.
This standard was set and is being monitored by GRA in conjunction with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS). However, when tyres are imported separately, only brand new tyres shall be allowed into the country. This measure also became effective April 1 in accordance with the amended Law, the statement noted.
Importers of used tyres on vehicles not in conformity with the 6 mm and over standard will be fined.