The Kenya Bureau of Standards has released new guidelines on the production of non-woven bags and new Standard Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles. The new standards are meant to lessen cases of environmental pollution.
KS1515:2019 Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles
This standard specifies the age and emission limits for rigid trucks, commercial passenger vehicles, tractor heads, and prime movers.
The government has approved these standards that stipulates that rigid trucks 3.5 tonnes and above shall not be allowed into the country if they are more than zero from the year of first registration
In addition, the policy regulations state that the difference between the year of first registration and the year of manufacture shall not be more than one year.
Local vehicle assemblers will benefit from the new standards that seek to ban imports of used trucks with load capacities of 3.5 tonnes and above
On top of that, the new regulation prohibits the importation of tractor heads and prime movers older than five years from July 2019, three years from July 2021, and zero age from July 2023.
In addition, KEBS has unveiled new regulations to guide the manufacture of non-woven bags.
Manufacturers of polypropylene bags will follow the KNWA2884:2019 standards stipulating a minimum grammage of 50gsm.
Furthermore, the bags will contain additional information such as manufacturers name, address and/or registered trade, dimensions of the bag, declaration of country of manufacture and origin
On top of that, the bags will have a standardization mark and instructions for storage and disposal
KEBS proposes the bags due to their reusability and durability thus will help curb environmental pollution.