The Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) will be introducing new inspection requirements to all Vehicle Inspection Stations (VIS) across the sultanate in an effort to curb the increasing number of vehicle fire incidents in the country.

It was revealed during a press conference recently, that the Land Transport Department has made several adjustments to the policies surrounding vehicle approval procedures conducted by VIS in Brunei.

MTIC Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohammad Yusof (C) during a press conference. Image: Courtesy of MTIC

According to a press statement by the ministry, these adjustments include making it mandatory for all 16 VIS in Brunei to conduct under-carriage inspect as well as inspections on batteries and wiring for vehicles aged seven years and above.

“Vehicle repair workshops that are already in operation that have not been registered with the LTD will be required to do so in order to be recognised (by the government,” the statement continued.

“New regulations will be introduced to help regulate the workshops and VIS operations in Brunei, to ensure that the services provided by these government-approved workshops are improved and up-to-standard,” they added.

The statement went on to say that more efforts will be made in conducting random inspections on workshop premises, to ensure that the safety rules and standards are complied with, adding that these inspections will be conducted in collaboration with a number of enforcement agencies.

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These include the Royal Brunei Police Force, the Authority for Building and Construction Industry (ABCi) as well as the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA).

“The enforcement agencies will not hesitate to take stern action against any individual or workshops that violate the rules and regulations”.

Members of the public who wish to report any safety violations committed by any vehicle repair workshops can be reported through the Darussalam Hotline at 123 or via WhatsApp at +6738333123 or through the website at www.123.gov.bn

Present during the press conference was MTIC Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohammad Yusof. – Wardi Wasil

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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