25% of vehicles in Dubai fail annual test

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Almost 25 per cent of vehicles in Dubai failed the annual roadworthiness test last year mandated by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Gulf News can confirm.

A vehicle being checked at the Wasel Vehicle Testing Centre before the renewal of registration.Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News Archives
A vehicle being checked at the Wasel Vehicle Testing Centre before the renewal of registration.Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News Archives

According to a top RTA official, the authority has introduced a centralised system which makes it difficult for unsafe vehicles to escape the net.

“The percentage of vehicle test failure has increased because the tests have become more stringent, the equipment more advanced and technicians more qualified. However, the main reason that I believe is helping detect a greater number of unsafe vehicles is the centralised system that has unified the results and made it almost impossible for a defective vehicle to escape,” said Ahmad Hashem Behroozian, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.

RTA has outsourced the testing facilities to private firms and, before last year, each centre followed its individual system, though the parameters were same.

“Different systems and equipment used by different testing centres meant the results differed. In many cases, owners of vehicles that failed at one centre would get the vehicles passed at another centre. With the unified system all centres are linked to RTA’s system and all have access to the history of vehicles.

Once the inspector keys in vehicle identification he will know the history of the vehicle and whether the vehicle has failed before,” Behroozian said. More info

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