New rules leave Oman desperate for more trucks
Changes to reg regulation creates a shortage of commercial vehicles
Recent changes to the regulation of commercial vehicles in Oman has left many businesses short of trucks and is threatening exports from the country.
The Ministry or Transport and Communication has issued new rules which demand that trucks can only be used if they were either registered in Oman or the country they are being used to transport to.
The new rules, that came into effect on 30 June, also impact dealers throughout the region as it means that a truck bought from a dealer in Dubai cannot be used by a Port of Sohar business to deliver to Riyadh, for instance.
Some fleet owners in Oman have estimated it will take six months for them to stock the number of vehicles necessary to be fully operational. The long lead times will impact shipments across Oman and also the wider GCC market.
According to Dr Bhaskar Dutta, CEO of Al Jazeera Steel Products, his company is currently unable to find the vehicles it needs. He has urged the Omani authorities to give the commercial vehicles longer to find the number of trucks required.
"The problem is the non-availability of trailers and trucks to dispatch our products to Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia as we have to use only Omani registered vehicles or vehicles registered in the country where we want to export our products to," he told the Times of Oman.
"We want the deadline to be extended immediately, at least for the full year of 2011.” said, “By that time we are sure that the local transporters would be able to increase their fleet to cater to the need of all.”