TBS Bans 2-Stroke Motorcycles

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has prohibited motorcycles with two stroke engines on environmental concerns, and has recommended 4 stroke ones

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has prohibited motorcycles with two stroke engines on environmental concerns, and has recommended 4 stroke ones
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TBS Director General, Mr. Charles Ekelege told a section of manufacturers and entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam during the grant of licence ceremony, that the government reached the decision to ensure the country’s environment was protected following massive importation of motorcycles.

Ekelege said since last February, motorcycles standards are ready and TBS will always be available to guide importers on the recommended motorcycle for businesses while environmental concerns are also taken into consideration.

“Riders and dealers prefer 2-stroke motorcycles due to their make, as they offer more acceleration and higher speed compared to a 4-stroke engine motorcycle, however experience has showed that their engines have a shorter life span to poor piston lubrication,” Ekelege elaborated.

Developed countries and most of the developing countries have already phased out the 2-stroke engine motorcycles due to their environmental disadvantages and their smoke emissions particularly on wide throttle openings which destruct ozone layers.

A 4-stroke engine motorcycle has the capacity to economize fuel and has more complete combustion of the intake charge.

Ekelege said among other things, the Tanzanian Standard for 4-stoke engine gives specifications for emission of carbon monoxide, brake testing, engine noise and material for the engine.

Under the new standard Act No. 2 of 2009 all defaulters will be punished. During the event out of 31 companies, 28 were granted with TBS standards mark of quality licences, two with tested product certificate and one with Quality Management Certificate.