With regards to the previous article on SGS in Uganda by Jerry Rawlings Mbabali, there is a new update from last month on the trend of car inspection in Uganda. This followed not only after a fatal accident which involved a truck that was loaded with 45 tonnes of scrap from Rwanda in which 13 Tanzanian nationals died at Katonga on the Kampala–Masaka highway all to the poor mechanical condition of the truck.
In the previous month of October, 2017, the Uganda Police Force declared that they are to resume stopping motorists driving vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition (DMC) as part of the enforcement of vehicle inspection laws.
Police Traffic Director Dr. Steven Kasiima told journalists on Tuesday, 10th October, 2017 that they are to start asking drivers to present stickers from SGS, a company contracted by government of Uganda to inspect vehicles.
The police traffic director reported that the truck had worn-out brakes which could have been detected had the driver visited SGS for vehicle inspection in time. “This accident was as a result of failed brakes which we believe could have been detected had it been inspected earlier,” Dr. Kasiima said.
SGS Automotive Uganda Ltd was awarded a five-year renewable contract for mandatory vehicle inspection where government is entitled to a 10 per cent of gross revenue earned by SGS from inspection of vehicles.
Dr. Kasiima also said Fiika Salama too extends to other districts like Kabongo, Atiak, Dokolo and Omoro districts to reduce on road carnage. Although Kasiima did not reveal the deficit of traffic personnel, he admitted that their operations were being hampered by inadequate personnel. Traffic police has over 2000 officers of which 700 were recently dismissed over among others service offences bribery, extortion and corruption.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity that operates a network of more than 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world. Its stations have been open since November 2016 and the four operational stations in Kampala include Kawanda, Namulanda, Nabbingo and a mobile station at Namboole.
There is an upcountry station in Mbale on Mbale –Tororo high way and inspection stations will soon open in Mbarara and Gulu. Additionally, they have mobile units that will traverse Uganda and cater to the parts of the country with sparse vehicle populations.
Why Get Your Vehicle Inspected?
- 1. Because you will be contributing to the general improvement of road safety in Uganda.
Road accidents are a global challenge. Poor mechanical condition of vehicles is a major cause of accidents.
The main purpose of all regulations in force, related to vehicle inspection, is the increase of road safety for all road users.
Vehicle inspection covers just about every aspect of a car’s safety-critical elements, both inside and outside. It involves evaluation of safety-critical elements such as brakes, suspension, alignment, indicators, headlamps and fuel/oil leakages.
- 2. Because you will be contributing to the general reduction of transport related emissions.
The impact of emissions on the environment is significant. This creates air pollution, including Nitrogen dioxide, and its presence in air contributes to the formation and modification of other air pollutants, such as ozone and particulate matter.
- 3. Because you will be complying with the law.
To comply with the traffic and road safety (Motor Vehicle inspection) regulation 2016 and the standards set by the Ugandan Ministry of works and transport, as well as other recognized international road-safety standards, all vehicles must undergo an official roadworthy test in intervals set by the law.
The inspection will determine the technical condition of your vehicle at the moment of the test and will compare those results with the legal standards in force. If your vehicle complies with those standards, your vehicle will receive a “Certificate of Fitness” and COF sticker.
What of the Pre-import Verification of Conformity by UNBS?
In order to avoid double payment, Government has exempted newly imported vehicles for one year from the date of inspection from the country of origin. However, most cars are in bonds for a long time so you should verify the date on the car’s JVEC certificate.
If your vehicle fails the test…
You will be given a report of what has failed on the vehicle and advised on how to fix it. After fixing it, you will bring back the vehicle and if you come back once within 30 days you will not pay again. However, if you fail again you will pay 50% of the original fee.
Improve Your Chances of Passing
Before bringing your vehicle in for inspection, there are a few things you can check to maximize your chances to pass.
Ensure all your headlights are working and that none are damaged in any way
- Headlights, indicator lights, hazard warning lights, rear lights, brake lights, number-plate lights and reversing lights must all be in proper working order.
- Check that all reflectors are working properly.
- Always have a spare set of bulbs in the car.
- If your vehicle pulls slightly to one side when you brake, this may be a sign that your brakes are not working correctly, or that there is a brake imbalance. Have them checked and, if necessary, replaced before your roadworthy test.
- Check your brake fluid. Low brake-fluid levels may indicate a leak in the brake line, which will need repair.
- Check for tyre wear and tyre pressure. If your tyres are worn or deformed (bulges), change them.
- If you see excessive wear on one side of the tyre, this means your vehicle has steering-geometry problems and/or worn suspension components, which must be corrected.
- Current legislation states that tyre tread depth should be at least 1.6 mm across the entire breadth of the tyre.
Vehicle registration plates
- Ensure that your license plates are securely fitted and are not damaged, cracked or discolored.
Other Useful Checks…
- Make sure there are no oil stains on the ground in the place where you normally park.
- The glasses of your vehicle must comply with the legislation.
- Doors and windows must open and close properly.
- There should be no sharp edges on the vehicle’s bodywork.
- Make sure that your windscreen wipers and wing mirrors are correctly attached to the vehicle.
- Ensure that the locking/release mechanisms for all seatbelts are working properly and that no seatbelt is torn or damaged.
- Check that the car horn is operating correctly.
- Ensure that all seats are properly secured and in good condition.
What could be the state of car inspection in your country or Region? Is the car inspection being implemented by other firms other than SGS in you country/region? If yes, please share with us.
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