The Road Transport & Highways, Shipping ministry has finalised its plan to put in place a suitably designed ‘Inspection and Maintenance System’ for vehicles. The ministry has sanctioned 10 model automated Inspection and Certification Centres one each in the States of Telangana, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, UP and Delhi on a pilot basis during 11th Plan.

Inaugurating the International Symposium on Inspection & Certification (iSIC-2014), P Radhakrishnan, the Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping said the work relating to these centres is in progress and that some of the centres will be operational within this financial year. The 2-day event was organised by the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), a division of National Automotive Testing Research & Development Infrastructure Project (NATRIP), in association with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH).

Motor Vehicle Inspection unit, is all about checking the vehicle’s roadworthiness before driving. It ensures that only vehicles with required components, parts and fixtures which address the safety and pollution issues with supporting documents are permitted to ply on the roads. These checks will help to ensure safety of passengers or other road users such as pedestrians. A properly maintained and fully functioning vehicle meeting all safety requirements is less likely to be involved in a road accident. Roadworthiness checks such as brakes, steering, suspension, emissions transmission, electrical systems and assessment of general condition of the vehicle including tyres not only contribute to road safety but also important for environmental reasons.

Over 250 representatives from the automotive industry participated in the symposium on ‘Roadworthiness through Inspection’ that deliberated on the Inspection and Certification of vehicles. The conference discussed various challenges and opportunities on emerging technologies, Technical Inspection/ Certification & Maintenance, Periodic Technical Inspection, Road safety Inspection, International Strategies/ Developments in improving Roadworthiness Inspection, Mobile Stations for Road and Enforcement.


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