SASO Temporarily Bans Entry of Several Car Models for Not Complying with the Fuel Economy Standard
SASO announced that some new cars models will be temporarily banned from entering the Kingdom as of 15/07/1439 AH, corresponding to 01/04/2018, due to a lack of commitment by manufacturers to achieve the minimum level of fuel economy allowed for new cars which was approved by the Saudi Standard for Fuel Economy. The Saudi Customs, Saudi Ports Authority, Ministry of Trade and Investment and other bodies related to the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program have coordinated in this regard.
SASO calls on consumers to view the list of company models that have not achieved the minimum level of fuel economy approved by the Saudi Standard for Fuel Economy, found at www.sls.gov.sa. SASO notes that the database will be continuously updated to protect consumers and advance the Kingdom's efforts towards rationalization of energy consumption within the framework of the integrated efforts of the work system at the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program.
SASO clarifies that the ban only concerns the entry of these models to the Kingdom through customs points. The ban does not include models already in the markets, which were imported before the beginning of the application, as long as they entered markets before the specified date.
This ban comes within the efforts of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, which is one of the most effective government programs based on an integrated work methodology that ensures control and compliance with the specific standard specifications of the initiatives launched by the program, in order to rationalize energy consumption in the Kingdom. Moreover, this comes as a result of the joint efforts, made by the Ministry of Trade and Investment, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, the General Authority of Saudi Customs and the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center.