As a five-month moratorium on inspection stickers comes to an end, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan has warned errant motorists not to expect any extensions, saying they will be fined if they fail to comply with the law.
Speaking to reporters at the Quinam Beach in Penal on Friday, Sinanan warned that any motorist with an uninspected vehicle will be ticketed by the police.
According to Section 27(11) of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act (48:50), “(a) registered owner of a private motor vehicle or motorcycle, public service motor vehicle, rental car, goods vehicle, omnibus or trailer, who fails to produce the vehicle for inspection or drives the vehicle without obtaining an inspection sticker and certificate in accordance these regulations commits an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $5,000.”
Private vehicles are to be inspected after five years from the manufacture date, not the registration date, while transport vehicles are to be inspected one-year after the date of licensing.
Sinanan said the moratorium will end on December 31.
"We are not considering another moratorium. The reason it came about was that I was faced with a situation where the Transport Division announced a crackdown in licensing inspections but there were only two stations doing inspections and we had 200,000 vehicles to inspect," Sinanan said.
He explained that even if everyone wanted an inspection done the Licensing Office would have been unable to inspect every vehicle, so this was why he went to Cabinet and asked for a moratorium which would have allowed over 60 private garages to do inspections.
"These garages were given permission to inspect the T vehicles below 3200 kg. We have 60 garages that you can take the T vehicles for inspection. Now that the moratorium comes to an end you have no excuse now to not have your vehicles inspected," Sinanan added.
He also said that there were sufficient inspection stickers but noted that even if you did not get a sticker, a certificate of inspection can be shown to the police. He said if the police and Licensing officers find motorists with defective cars but who were holders of stickers, then the license of the garage issuing the stickers could be revoked.
Reporter: Radhica De Silva