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2013-08-07 07:30

RED ALERT: Police officers stand around a stolen car which has been stripped for parts in a scrap yard. Image: City Press

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - A ban on the sale of spare parts from scrapped vehicles has been removed from proposed National Road Traffic Act regulations.

The national transport department said on August 7 2013 that MPs' concerns about the implications of such a ban were taken into account, senior transport official John Motsatsing told Parliament's transport portfolio committee.

In the original draft the sale of spare parts from deregistered vehicles was banned and that, MP's said, would have harmed used car-parts dealers.

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Democratic Alliance MP Ian Ollis first raised concerns, which prompted MP's to push for the provision in the regulations to be changed. Committee chairperson Ruth Bhengu said: "You would have affected people who are making a living from scrap parts sof a car. That's why the department came back with amendments which allow the use of parts of cars that are still in good condition."

The original draft would have had a devastating effect on the scrap-metal and insurance industries. Bhengu added: "If we had allowed the regulation, the impact of that would have been the closure of scrapyards, the loss of jobs, and it would have prevented people from getting second-hand parts and made it expensive to buy parts."

Motsatsing argued that the regulations were intended to curb the theft of motor vehicles for parts and eradicate "chop shops".

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