The Land Transport Department (JPD) advised the owners of 16 Vehicle Inspection Stations (VIS) operators to improve technical aspect for inspections on vehicles that are seven years and above which include additional checks on the vehicle’s under-carriage, wiring and batteries.
Meanwhile, vehicle workshops that are already operating but have not registered with JPD are advised to do so at the department.
The instruction followed a press conference by Minister of Transport and Infocommunication Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof on October 5 on the increasing incidents of vehicles fires in Brunei.
JPD along with enforcement agencies will conduct inspections to ensure that workshops are displaying their registration certificates according to respective classes.
Random inspections to these premises will be conducted to ensure that procedures are in accordance to the regulations and the quality of service. The enforcement agencies will take stern action against individuals or workshops that violate the rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, the minister during the press conference had said, “The highest number of vehicle fires was recorded in 2017 where a total of 101 cases were recorded, according to the records of the Fire and Rescue Department.
“This year, alone, (as of October 5), a total of 64 cases have been reported to the Fire and Rescue Department. The frequency of these incidents raises concerns and has triggered the need for a study to be carried out to understand and obtain the possible causes of the vehicle accident.
“This study was conducted by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications assisted by third party agencies and has involved victims of vehicle fire incidents in August to September.
“One of the findings of the study, together with the JPD study on the workshops in the country, is that there are workshops that are not registered with the appropriate parties, but conducting operations that require recognition.
“I advise workshop owners to apply for registration under JPD.
“I advise the public to send vehicles for maintenance regularly and follow the maintenance schedule at registered workshops,” he had added.