More workshops come under scrutiny

Azlan Othman

More spot checks on workshops were conducted in a joint operation to ensure that vehicle workshop operations are conducted properly and authorised by the relevant agencies, yesterday.

The inspection was carried out at workshop sites in Jalan Ban 5, Kampong Kilanas as well as Jalan Kilanas-Mulaut area.

Nine workshops were inspected by enforcement personnel from the Land Transport Department (JPD), the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD), the Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi) and the Department of Town and Country Planning.

The Weights and Measurement Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE), the Brunei-Muara District Office, and the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA), Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) were also involved.

According to the JPD, workshops across the country fall into three categories – those carrying out repairs, servicing, and mechanical and electrical works.

It is important for workshops to ensure that vehicles are road safe. Efforts are being made to ensure road safety by ensuring that workshops abide by standards, and carry out quality and proper work by acquiring certification and approval from JPD as an authorised agency in this country.

The public, especially car owners, is also urged to be cautious in selecting workshops.

Workshop owners are advised to register and report at JPD immediately. JPD will work with other agencies in conducting spot checks, and will take action against workshop owners failing to adhere to the rules and regulations.

A workshop inspected by personnel. PHOTO: JPD