Guest author: Raj Rengarajan | Director | MAHA INDIA Automotive Testing Equipment Pvt. Ltd.

The vehicle population has grown rapidly considering India being one of the fastest growing economies. The industry produced a total of 23,366,246 vehicles including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three wheelers and two wheelers in April-March 2015 as against 21,500,165 in April-March 2014, registering a growth of 8.68% over the same period last year.

Unfortunately, that means that India has the highest number of road accidents in the world. This increasing number of vehicles is not in a roadworthy state. Poor maintenance and servicing of old in use vehicles not only damage the environment but also possess great hazard on the road.

Vehicle fitness inspection and certification process are decade old and become totally futile in concern with the current scenario. A structured vehicle inspection and certification (I&C) regime would not only take polluting old generation vehicles off the roads but also encourage the sale of new generation high technology new vehicles.

It’s a common understanding all over the world that only properly serviced vehicles are safe vehicles, but how the society can verify that vehicles are safe & secure and what is the impact to the public?

We want to look at the Vehicle fitness issue from several points of view.

Why it is so important to have Vehicle Inspection & Certification centers?

  1. Every country/state/city needs information about the quality of their vehicle population to make the right decision on future infrastructure projects. I&C centers gather data not only about the vehicle population but even more important about their quality which leads directly to the quality of the service workshops and finally to the quality of the streets.
  2. Public Safety is the most important argument for the implementation of Inspection & Certification centers. Everyone of us who uses transportation has to be sure that the vehicles we are travelling with are as safe as possible. The safety level must be the highest possible given by the authorities which are in-charge for public transportation and not a self-made level from the transportation companies which might consider cost compromises. If we agree to this major issue we have to make sure that a reliable system is available to control the vehicle safety.
  3. Basic safety aspects of the vehicle like Brake, Speedometer, Headlight, Underbody inspection and Exhaust Emission are tested/inspected and certified in the I&C station. All necessary test results alongwith vehicle owner and insurance details will be available for review. Nationwide test centre network can be created by integrating all the I&C stations

How can a Vehicle Inspection & Certification system be implemented?

  1. Reliable law concerning vehicle testing should be implemented and more important strongly accomplished
  2. India has already a history of pollution checking so that the basics are already available. An I&C system of course is a much bigger challenge since reasonable investments in land and equipment have to be made. Basis for any I&C are reliable laws! If an investor has the safety that he can make profits out of his investment a I&C system can be implemented without any public investment, in fact the state will earn from the I&C stations!
  3. A vital point of every I&C system is the independency of the I&C station and their inspectors, this means that the inspection company and its employees shouldn’t have any interest to pass or fail vehicles; this means that a separation of workshops and I&C stations is recommended.

What will be the impact of I&C system to the vehicle business?

  1. Beside a higher vehicle safety it is proven that the implementation of I&C system has a massive impact to the workshop business.
  2. Under consideration that only 10% of all tested vehicles will show a minor defect which requires spares and labor it is very obvious how much additional jobs and business can be created.
  3. The state will have a much better control about fake, dangerous spare parts since the vehicles will be checked from independent inspectors.
  4. Reduction of traffic accidents and as a result out of it “reduction of traffic”.
  5. Systematic recycling of vehicles after the end of their useful lives. In turn will save resources and energy and will result in pollution reduction.

MAHA INDIA Automotive Testing Equipment Private Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of MAHA Maschinenbau Haldenwang GmbH & Co. KG – a leading manufacturer of High Quality Vehicle Safety Testing & Lifting Equipment for more than 45years. MAHA can supply virtually all the necessary hardware and software required to equip fully automated safety inspection & certification centres.

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