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Thursday, January 06, 2005
Should Passenger Cars Go for Compulsory PUSPAKOM Inspection?



Pusat Pemeriksaan Kenderaan Berkomputer Sdn Bhd (PUSPAKOM) was created according to the Malaysian gomen's vision of achieving a quantum leap in the quality of vehicular inspection. Presently PUSPAKOM does mandatory half-yearly inspection of commercial vehicles to gauge roadworthiness of commercial vehicle and ensure compliance with Road Transport Act 1987. It would increase PUSPAKOM's bottomline if all passenger cars are also subjected to half-yearly or even two-yearly checks. But it looks like it is not to be at least for the moment. According to a BERNAMA report, PUSPAKOM CEO said that the gomen has no plans to carry out compulsory inspection of passenger cars even though PUSPAKOM is ready to handle such a task.

In the meanwhile, the gomen has encouraged the following to have their cars/vehicles inspected at PUSPAKOM on a voluntary basis ::
  1. All vehicles
  2. Second-hand or refurbished car prior to their being purchased
  3. Cars/vehicles which are being purchased with loans provided by financial institutions
.

According to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs MINIster, out of 180,000 vehicles inspected over the past 10 months, 2,500 with engine and chassis problems were found to have been cut and joined by unscrupulous dealers who were just out to make profits. Now such cars would prove to be problems on the road. A good reason for someone thinking of purhasing a second-hand or re-cond or refurbished car inspected prior to purchase.

PUSPAKOM provides the following core services, 10 point inspection and these additional services.

But does compulsory roadworthy testing works? Does it reduce accidents? Is it possible to cheat at such tests? For answers to all these check out this link. One will be pleasantly surprised.

The Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) has the following views ::
  • Compulsory systems of vehicle inspection are not completely effective in this role and a well designed and executed alternative such as a random inspection system can be just as effective.
  • A combination of an on-road inspection system together with inspection of a randomly chosen small sample (say 5%) of all motor vehicles over five years old, would be a good alternative.
  • Maintaining a safe and roadworthy vehicle is the responsibility of the vehicle owner.

    So will you still be sending your car for PUSPAKOM inspection?




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