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NTB-000-478 8.6. Vehicle standards
2011-12-20 Mozambique: Delegação Aduaneira de Cuchamano South Africa In process View
Complaint: Mozambique restricts an articulated vehicle carrying general cargo, to 18 metres length. It restricts an artic carrying ISO shipping containers to 16.5 metres length. This does not conform to the recommendations given by both COMESA and SADC. Generally, artics in Southern Africa are up to 18.5 metres in length, in accordance with the SADC recommendations. Transporters cannot practically shorten their artics and comply with the Mozambique regulations. Fines are received by transporters when they try to travel through Mozambique with artics longer than 16.5 or 18 metres.  
Progress: 1. On 18 June 2013, Mozambique Focal Point reported that, according to the existing Regulation (Decree 14/2008 of 25 June), it should be noted that Mozambique does not have infrastructure prepared to adopt the specifications of South Africa, so that the movement of carriers in Mozambique is made on specific routes. The portuguese version is uploaded onto the system for reference. Further, Mozambique is still waiting for additional information from FESARTA on proof of payment and the place where the accident occurred to assist with the investigation on this incident.

2. At the 11th meeting of the SADC Sub -Committee on Trade Facilitation held on 23 May 2013 in Gaborone, Mozambique reported that it noted the challenges arising out of the instrument and that moving to regional instruments requires changes in legislation which would take time.
NTB-000-566 8.6. Vehicle standards 2013-02-12 Botswana: Pioneer Gate South Africa In process View
Complaint: This complaint is registered by FESARTA.
The Botswana traffic authorities at Pioneer Gate, are applying outdated overall vehicle width and overall vehicle height limits. The are applying maximum 2.5m width and 4.1m height.
For many years, SADC has recommended 2.6m width and 4.3m height.
Most of the countries in the Southern African region, have 2.6m and 4.3m, and so the vehicles are built to suit these dimensions. They cannot be reduced to 2.5m and 4.3m without major structural alterations.
Furthermore, the 2.6m width was set so that an ISO shipping container, which is 2.4m wide, can be loaded onto a trailer that has sideboards. This cannot be done on a trailer that is 2.5m wide, since the sideboards take up at least 100mm width. The 2.6m also allows two standard pallets to be loaded side-by-side inside a pantechnicon body.
On occasions, when this problem has arisen in the past, the traffic officials have agreed that, to facilitate trade, the vehicles can operate in Botswana. But, there are also occasions, such as the present case, when traffic officials have insisted that the smaller dimensions must be enforced. This is a serious inconvenience and extra cost to transporters.
For trade facilitation, Botswana must change its act to the larger dimensions, and, in the meantime, allow vehicles with those dimensions to operate freely.
Progress: On 30 April 2013, Botswana reported that , as per the Botswana regulations, Road Traffic Act (RTA), dimensions for width and height are 2.5m and 4.1m respectively. Botswana is in the process of amending the RTA regulations and the Road Traffic Signs Regulations. The proposed amendments and the dimmensions are 2.6m and 4.3m in conformity with the regional standard.  
NTB-000-626 8.6. Vehicle standards 2014-02-28 Botswana: Martins Drift South Africa In process View
Complaint: Various incidents at both Martins Drift Border post and at Kazungula - Officials imposing Botswana height restrictions of 4.1 - on SA registered vehicles - agreement at 4.3? please advise  
Progress: On 10th April 2014, Botswana Focal Point reported that Botswana was still reviewing the Road Traffic Act to conform to SADC requirements of the vehicle width and heights. In response to this report, South Focal Point reported that South Africa was requesting that the 4.1 height restriction imposed by Botswana been put on hold, pending the review process Botswana is currently undertaking.  
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