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FREIGHT ADVISER

IMMEDIATE BAN ON UNREGISTERED VEHICLES PLYING BOTSWANA ROADS

I  would like to update all our valued customers and readers that there are issues being raised by the Permanent Secretary in The Ministry of Transport & Communications in Botswana. A circular dated 19th December; 2013 has been released to us. It is clarifying the government of Botswana's position on unregistered cars driving through Botswana.

In February 2013; the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Botswana issued a letter to Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) banning the driving of unregistered cars through Botswana. The main reason for the ban is in compliance to the Road Traffic Act Sections 6 and 16
which states that: ....'' ONLY VEHICLES REGISTERED IN BOTSWANA ARE ALLOWED ON THE ROAD"
They further argue that:
  1. Vehicles in transit do not qualify to be issued with a Temporary Motor Vehicle Licence as the licence is only issued to cars that have been cleared by the Botswana Police and BURS.
  2. Inspection is for the purpose of road worthiness before a vehicle is registered in Botswana
  3. If uninspected/ unlicensed  vehicles are allowed to drive in Botswana roads; their road worthiness is unknown and they pose a danger to the public 
  4. Vehicles in Transit are not insured; if they are involved in accidents; there is no recourse and most of them will be untracable
  5. Unregistered vehicles are being increasingly used in crimes and there is no way of identifying the culprits
  6. The unregistered cars at the moment do not pay any levies to the Botswana Government but they do cause road deterioration.
  7. BURS said the do not have the capacity and mandate  to manage the part of the  section of the Road Traffic  Act and their responsibility is to clear cars as per the Customs and Excise Regulations. They further state that at the point of clearance; the unregistered vehicle would not have committed any offence; the offence is done after the clearance and therefore the Police and Department of Roads and Transport Services should implement the Act.

SO THE MINISTRY HAS GIVEN A DIRECTIVE THAT ANY  UNREGISTERED VEHICLE FOUND ON BOTSWANA ROADS WILL BE IMPOUNDED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

THE WAY FORWARD
The only acceptable way to pass through Botswana is vehicles being on a registered car transporter or flat bed truck carrier.
 

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The letter does not specify what action will be taken on the impounded cars.It is advisable to contact the Botswana Government before you commit to spending your money and having your car impounded.

We provided a reliable car transporter service between Namibia; Botswana and Zimbabwe. Please contact us is you need any support to transport your vehicle. You can WHATSAPP us on +447812559731 or +447462116146.

DISCLAIMER:Please note that the information provided here is for your own record and cannot be relied on to make a purchasing decision. Please contact you freight forwarder for further information and if you prefer Savannah Freight Services Ltd to handle your cargo; please feel free to contact us for professional advise. Views on this article are those of the author and does not represent the views of  Savannah Freight Services Ltd or that of Botswana government. It is your responsibility to comply with various Countries' customs and excise regulations.

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