Japan asked to certify imports to Pakistan as radiation prone cars arrive without checking

Lahore, July 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): Warning the public of used imported cars which are radiation prone and water-damaged repaired vehicles, the automotive parts industry has demanded the local authorities as well as Japan to certify all imports into Pakistan to ensure radiation-free vehicles, also complying with emission and safety standards, as shipment of radiation contaminated cars are on the rise.

Whilst the local industry has been told to upgrade to EURO II emission standards, the five to seven years old vehicles are being freely imported and no check on their emission or safety standards have been kept, said Chairman Paapam Syed Nabeel Hashmi.

Mr Hashmi, who is also the chairman of Business Forum of Punjab, observed that majority of the vehicles are not in the ownership of overseas Pakistanis and these are just being picked up and reconditioned in lots from scrapyards which had accumulated thousands of tsunami water damaged vehicles. These vehicles are being given almost free of cost as the Japanese government wants to get rid of this junk, he added.

“The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown which was the most extensive nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Radiation release critically contaminated a “dead zone” of several hundred square kilometers around the plant, and low levels of radioactive material were found as far as North America and Europe.

This dead area also accumulated thousands of vehicles which were washed in the Tsunami waters and there are all the chances that many of the vehicles being doled out to our public has radiation contamination in them. At the moment neither Japan nor Pakistani authorities have taken any cognizance of this situation and neither the public is being made aware of this probability,” the chairman pointed out.

PAAPAM Vice Chairman Munir Bana also expressed his serious concern on the indifferent attitude of different government organizations who are turning a blind eye towards imports of used junk vehicles from mainly Japan.

“We fail to understand why and under what circumstances is FBR not revising the import values of used vehicles which are over seven years old. This is negligence on its part and causing huge revenue loss to the federal exchequer. We also do not understand why Ministry of commerce quietly reviewed and changed its import policy procedures resulting in the influx of thousands of used vehicles without any check and balance, stated the vice chairman.

For more information, Contact:
Syed Nabeel Hashmi
Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM)
16-B, Westwood Colony, Thokar Niaz Baig, Lahore.
Tel # +92 42 37498474-5
Fax #+92 42 37498476
Cell: +92 333 4372500
E-mail: paapam@brain.net.pk ; chairman@paapam.com