Vehicle inspection rush slows down

Pri­vate in­spec­tion garages have re­port­ed a drop in the num­ber of ve­hi­cles com­ing in for in­spec­tions on Monday, how­ev­er, some said they still have a con­sis­tent flow of traf­fic through their bays.

Trans­port Com­mis­sion­er, Bas­deo Go­sine, pre­dict­ed in an in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia last week that the rush was on­ly tem­po­rary and would be quelled by this week.

In a sub­se­quent in­ter­view on Mon­day, he said there is def­i­nite­ly a small­er crowd than last week’s, how­ev­er, it on­ly be­ing the first work­ing day of the week, it was too soon to tell if it would con­tin­ue that way.

Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed the Li­cens­ing head of­fice, in Ca­roni on Mon­day and found that while in­side the com­pound had sim­i­lar quan­ti­ties of ve­hi­cles await­ing in­spec­tion as be­fore, the lines which would usu­al­ly ex­tend some 500 me­tres up the dual car­riage­way lead­ing up to the of­fice were sig­nif­i­cant­ly short­er.

In­side the of­fice, there were al­so sig­nif­i­cant­ly less peo­ple than last week; the ma­jor­i­ty of whom were queued up for the cashier.

Pri­vate in­spec­tion garages al­so re­port­ed a drop in the rush of ve­hi­cles com­ing in for in­spec­tions.

Faizul Ju­man, one of two in­spec­tors at Sookhai’s Diesel Ser­vice Lim­it­ed, told Guardian Me­dia dur­ing a vis­it to their in­spec­tion bay just off of the Ca­roni Sa­van­nah Road that dur­ing last week’s rush, they were see­ing on av­er­age 50 to 60 ve­hi­cles a day. On Mon­day, how­ev­er, they saw on­ly around 50 and no­ticed a much short­er line at the bay.

Kheer­an Ra­mai who helps run his fa­ther’s garage and in­spec­tion bay at Ra­mai Trace, Debe said they no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant drop yes­ter­day.

“This week re­al dead. I mean, it’s still live­li­er than how it usu­al­ly was…now we’re get­ting about 20 cars for the day,” Ra­mai said. Last week their garage would have al­most 100 ve­hi­cles lin­ing up dai­ly to be in­spect­ed.

Nicholas, who is af­fil­i­at­ed with a garage in Barataria, how­ev­er, said their garage saw the same num­ber of ve­hi­cles come in on Mon­day as they have on any giv­en day last week.

The rush of dri­vers scam­per­ing to have their in­spec­tions done be­gan last month as the De­cem­ber 31 dead­line on the mora­to­ri­um on a max­i­mum $5,000 fine drew clos­er.

From the first work­ing day of this year, Jan­u­ary 2, mo­torists re­ac­tive­ly at­tempt­ing to avoid the steep fine near in­un­dat­ed garages and li­cens­ing of­fices across the coun­try.

- by Rishard Khan. Photo by Abraham Diaz.

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