Scores of offences detected at workshop spotcheck

Azlan Othman

Employees not wearing complete personal protective equipment (PPE), vehicle painting area not having a proper ventilation system, untidy and disorganised storage of equipment for vehicle repairs, vehicles parked in pedestrian areas, parking areas used to repair vehicles and vehicle repairs carried out in an unsafe manner were some of the detections made when Land Transport Department (JPD) officials at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications and other agencies conducted an unscheduled inspection of vehicle workshops in the Brunei-Muara District recently.

The inspection, the second to be conducted, focussed on nine workshops.

Officials of the Weights and Measurement Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Fire and Rescue Department and Brunei-Muara District Office at the Ministry of Home Affairs also participated.

Personnel of the Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi), Department of Town and Country Planning and Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) at the Ministry of Development, Department of Environmental Health Services at the Ministry of Health as well as Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) were also present.

The JPD and other agencies told workshop owners to take remedial action and also register properly with the JPD through the process of certification of workshops into class A, B or C.

Relevant agencies will also take action according to their jurisdictions.

JPD also told the public to be vigilant when repairing and servicing vehicles.

Servicing, mechanical and electrical work of vehicles should be done at workshops recognised by JPD.