UNBS Impounds Over 500 Substandard Tyres Worth UGX150M

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has kicked off week-long operations against substandard tyres in the country.

On Tuesday alone over 500 substandard pneumatic tyres worth 150 UGX million shillings were seized from traders in down town Kampala, in line with the Bureau’s mandate of enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and that of the environment, from dangerous substandard products.

According to the UNBS Surveillance Officer who led the operation, Mr. Denis Odur, the operation follows recent public outcry and complaints about substandard tyres on the market as well as the increased accidents attributed to tyre failure in the recent past.

“We have discovered that a number of tyres are defective and some are poorly stored which compromises the quality of the tyres. When such tyres are used on motor vehicles, they can result into accidents for motorists.”

Other poor practices in handling tyres include poor packaging, transportation and storage during importation and distribution, which lead to degeneration in quality of tyres posing a risk to the health and safety of the public and the environment.

UNBS thus developed standards to regulate the quality of tyres on the market and urges all manufacturers, importers, distributors, transporters, wholesalers and retailers of pneumatic tyres to ensure that their products meet the standards.

These include;US EAS 357:2004, Pneumatic tyres for trucks and buses – Specification, US EAS 358:2004 Pneumatic tyres for passenger cars – Specification, US EAS 359:2004, Pneumatic tyres for light trucks – Specification, US EAS 360:2004, Pneumatic tyres for agricultural implements – Specification.

UNBS further cautions the traders against retreading pneumatic tyres for passenger trucks, stacking them inside one another during importation and transportation, re-grooving old and expired tyres and reselling them to unsuspecting customers, storing tyres directly on the floor and under direct light from skylights, windows, doors and other openings among others.

The operation is to continue to different parts of the country to rid the market of substandard tyres.

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