The implementation of Article 6.3.6 of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (PTCM) which reads:- “Member States agree that with the exception of the Republic of Angola (and by extension Democratic Republic of the Congo,) they shall phase out the registration of left-hand vehicles; provided that left-hand vehicles registered prior to the termination of registration of such vehicles shall be permitted to continue operating thereafter”, was first tabled at the meeting of Ministers responsible for Transport in 2015 and was subsequently reviewed by Ministers responsible for Beira and North South Corridors at their meeting in Beira, Mozambique on 27th July 2017.
The SADC Secretariat has now engaged a Short Term Expert under the Tripartite Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme (TTTFP) to perform a desk study. The TOR for the study and a Questionnaire prepared by the consultant can be found below.
The answers to this Questionnaire will assist in a desk study related to the phasing out of Left-hand-drive (LHD) vehicles in countries with systems and infrastructure designed for Right-hand-drive (RHD) vehicles. All questions relate to the situation in the SADC Member States on the Continent that are subject to border crossings and the views of regulatory institutions, road development agencies, road transport operators relating to goods and passengers, and organisations promoting road safety (the stakeholders) are solicited.
The consultant’s report will be reviewed by a Technical Working Group (TWG) ahead of the Senior Officials and Ministers meeting which will consider the TWG recommendations. The TWG meeting will be scheduled as part of planned Ministers of Transport meeting from 30 October to 4 November 2017 in Malawi.
Consequently all stakeholders are requested to download the Questionnaire, complete and submit same by email by 25 October 2017 in accordance with the instructions included in the Questionnaire.