Mozambique: Compulsory vehicle insurance introduced by June

4 March 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 March – The Mozambican National Vehicle Institute (Inav) has announced the introduction, in the first half of the year, compulsory insurance for vehicles, according to Monday’s edition of newspaper Notícias.

The measures aims to make Mozambique adopt the same measures as the remaining member-countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and ensure that compensation can be paid to accident victims.

A law introducing the compulsory insurance was approved by the country’s parliament, in 2003 but so far this law has not been put in place.

According to the paper, the excuse that vehicle inspection centers were not ready, makes no sense as insurance does not require that vehicles be regularly inspected before a policy is issued.

The paper also said that a lack of compulsory insurance has meant that there have been many hit-and-run incidents despite no compensation being paid to victims of non-insured vehicles.

Henrique Makanka, an Inav vehicle inspector, told the newspaper that most vehicles in Mozambique had no insurance and added that the urgency in implementing compulsory insurance was due to the fact that the number of vehicles circulating in the country was increasing. (macauhub)