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  • Minister Hylton says he will shortly be recommending that Cabinet removes the ban on the importation of damaged vehicles.
  • There are opportunities in the trade and reconditioning of damaged vehicles, as a part of the global motor-vehicle value chain.
  • The Minister informed that a multi-agency Task Force has been established to review and make recommendations on the way forward.

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says he will shortly be recommending that Cabinet removes the ban on the importation of damaged vehicles.

The Minister, who was contributing to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21, said there are opportunities in the trade and reconditioning of damaged vehicles, as a part of the global motor-vehicle value chain.

He noted that the trade presents real opportunities for training and jobs for mechanics, tradesmen in auto body repairs, auto electricians, and other workers in the automotive sector.

The Minister informed that a multi-agency Task Force has been established to review and make recommendations on the way forward.

“This task force is charged to make recommendations with respect to regulations, standards, training, and certification,” Minister Hylton said.

He pointed out that paramount in their deliberations, is the safety and protection of consumers. The Minister promised full consultations with all stakeholders.