Importers of Second-Hand Vehicles Fear for Their Existence
26 Avril 2013 - Patrice Donzelot, Defi Media
According to the secretary of an association of importers of second-hand vehicles, the new car dealers simply want to eliminate through a case in court. The latter countered by saying that the law is not respected by everyone, costing Rs 1 million per day to the state.
"Between 1000 and 1500 direct jobs and between 4000 and 5000 indirect jobs are at stake." This is the alarm raised by Sundy Moonesawmy, secretary of the Authorized Importers of Second Hand Vehicles Association (ASVA). According to the latter importers of new cars grouped in the Motor Vehicles Dealers Association (MVDA) want to force the authorities to impose a certificate that does not exist in Japan. Which may lead to the closure of 65 outlets of second hand vehicles.
"The MVDA lodged a case in court against the MRA (Mauritius Revenue Authority) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The MVDA says our documents certifying the CO2 are not in accordance with the standard A 101 as required by law. According to our information, documents certifying the CO2 levels are derived by the manufacturers themselves and have nothing to do with the standard A 101, "said Sundy Moonesawmy.
It does not beat around the bush, wondering if MVDA not simply want to eliminate competition second-hand vehicles. "Why this association of new car dealers give the wrong impression that she wants at all costs eliminate import second hand vehicles? I think MVDA afraid of cars coming from Japan. These cars are more efficient, robust and economical than non-Japanese, "says Sundy Moonesawmy.
The secretary of the ASVA reminds importers of second-hand vehicles helped to democratize access to the car in Mauritius. "The benefits are reported as state coffers have been a greater input of money and the middle class has been able to get better cars and abandon the old aged over ten years for commercial vehicles and other means of transport of imported second-hand, the number of entrepreneurs has gradually increased, which has created jobs, "he said.
The MVDA denies wanting to eliminate competition from second-hand vehicles. An influential member states that MVDA not want more nor less than the law applies uniformly to all. "There is a problem at customs which does not follow the order issued by the Supreme Court, which requires him to put all vehicles on an equal footing. It is true that the 101 A certificate does not exist in Japan, but it is for operators to adapt to the law, "is he protested. This influential member MVDA concluded by stating that it is the taxpayers and the State are the losers with a loss of Rs 1 million per day in the form of tax that the MRA does not collect.