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A-G calls for industry improvements

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ATTORNEY-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has raised the need to improve the standard of the auto spare parts industry during his visit to the Dai-ichi Auto House Limited in Raiwaqa on Saturday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the visit was important because it highlighted issues and concerns about the spare parts industry in Fiji.

"There have been quite a lot of talks about the quality of goods, the prices of goods, the follow-up on the after service and the availability of various spare parts," he said.

"I would like to put this in perspective that the Bainimarama government has provided a number of incentives in respect of the motor vehicle industry in Fiji such as the restrictions placed on the importation of vehicles that are more than five years old, cars and specialised equipment's up to eight years.

"There is a reason behind this. We want to encourage people to have newer cars at affordable prices. At the same time, we want to restrict the amount or the intake of all vehicles that don't just cause problems for the consumers but are also problematic for the environment.

"There has been a lot of talk about the services that are available by dealers that bring in cars and genuine parts.

"The Bainimarama government has reduced duty or zero rate duty on a number of items such as tourist items, farming tractors and outboard auto engines."

He said the reduction in duty of those items did not translate to the equivalent reduction in the retail price.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said many people had resorted to using substandard tyres because of the pricing mechanism.

"So what we would like to do, as we see in most countries, is to bring about a particular standard," he said.

"It should be a minimum standard so that everybody knows if they want to buy a particularly part, it meets a particular standard.

"If we are able to do that then they will also bring about a particular level of transparency in the system.

"The insurance companies will also be happy knowing there are standards in place and a lot of outlets will be certified by LTA."