Used-car dealers cry foul

Friday, December 28, 2018

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Lynvalle Hamilton, president of Jamaica Used-Car Dealers' Association (JUCDA), said the Government's implementation of pre-shipment inspection policy is having a deleterious effect on the sector and economy.

“Firstly, we are not against the pre-shipment inspection system, but the pitfalls that come with it are what we're concerned about... Since its implementation, several skilled jobs in Jamaica are being shifted to Japan and we're seeing a 30 per cent hike in motor vehicle costs which, ultimately, will be passed on to consumers,” Hamilton told Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine in early May. “I believe Minister Shaw is someone we can talk to.”

Implemented on February 1, the pre-shipment inspection regime aims to provide a transparent motor vehicle importation policy that safeguards consumers. The move, according to the Government, was necessary, given reports of tampering of motor vehicle odometers to reflect lower mileages and other irregularities. Japanese company, Auto Terminal Japan Limited, has been contracted to examine all used vehicles shipped to Jamaica.

Hamilton — who in January was given an eighth-consecutive year at the 185-member organisation — said his sector employs 20,000 (directly and indirectly).

“We are still in talks,” he told Auto yesterday.

— Brian Bonitto

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