Vehicles lining up for inspection
Uganda's Ministry of Works and Transport awarded SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) an exclusive contract to design, implement and perform road-worthiness inspections nationwide. Vehicles will be subject to safety and emission inspections periodically. For Uganda, this is the second time the exercise is being implemented after nearly two decades since it was suspended in 1998 which was conducted by the motor vehicle inspection unit of Uganda police. SGS and the Ministry of Works and Transport will work together to make sure the program actively contributes to the enhancement of road safety and the reduction of transport related vehicle emissions. The mandatory exercise is about determining the technical condition of motor vehicles in the country so they comply with the traffic and road safety (motor vehicle inspection) regulations of 2016 and the standards set by the ministry of works and transport in the “Manual of vehicle Inspection” as well as other recognized international road-safety standards.
This program will benefit Uganda through investment in infrastructure, including the newest test equipment and the sharing of international best practices. Additionally, the program will create job opportunities for both men and women, who will also have access to training to become best-in-class in their profession. The Motor Vehicle Inspection Program for Uganda will support the country's goal of becoming a safer place to live and drive.
The newly constructed testing facilities in Kampala
Based on this legal frame work, vehicle owners will be penalized if they drive without a valid vehicle inspection certificate issued from the service operator SGS Automotive Uganda limited starting September this year. The inspection exercise largely covers the braking system, tires, wheel alignment, exhaust smoke, headlamps and motor vehicle suspension among other conditions of the motor vehicle. All items inspected must be beyond 50% of accuracy for a vehicle to pass the test and in cases where vehicles fail the test, owners must repair and take them back for re-testing within a period of 30 days.
Many countries across the globe are enforcing this exercise in a bid to eliminate vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions, which many times cause accidents. The exercise also reduces air pollution from vehicles that are old.
Minister Ntege said under the contract, SGS is charged with putting in place the necessary infrastructure while the government is supposed to ensure strict adherence to these guidelines (by both SGS and vehicle owners) by conducting regular monitoring and evaluation of the program’s performance. She said the government gets 10% of the revenue collected per month as a concession fee while the balance remains with SGS to manage the entire exercise.
Sources: www.sgs.com and NTV Uganda
In your view, will this exercise allow Ugandans drive their old cars since the majority of the vehicles are past 1995 version?