Hundreds of auto workshops not gov’t-accredited

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THE Land Transport Department plans to introduce new registration guidelines for the automotive industry as only 73 of about 800 vehicle workshops are government-accredited.

Director of Land Transport Dr Hj Supry Hj Awg Ladi said the 73 vehicle workshops have proper classifications based on the services or products they offer.

There are three classifications - Class A for repairs and major maintenance, Class B for vehicle body works as well as Class C for service and maintenance.

In a presentation during talks with vehicle workshop owners yesterday, he said 36 auto workshops were in Class A, 15 in Class B and 22 listed as Class C.

It was also found that 37 of the 800 auto workshops are located in national housing schemes, according to the department’s August 2015 figures.

“We have come up with proposed rules for the registration and recognition of motor vehicles and trailers. These (rules) might change and updated after we are done with the dialogues,” he said.

The department will be visiting all four districts to raise awareness on the vehicle workshop classifications.

Speaking to reporters, Dr Hj Supry said yesterday’s dialogue will help the department introduce guidelines for vehicle repair and accessories workshops.

“It is so that we can look into how we can facilitate their (car dealers and workshops) business activities. We are doing whatever we can in our capacity and capabilities. We listen to any comments and give reasons on why we do not agree on certain things… we have our initiatives,” he said.

He added that information compiled from the dialogue would help set new initiatives that are “more systematic”.

“Previously, when people want to set a (workshop) business, the details are vague as we do not know what exactly they want to do, whether it is car painting or car repair. We only know workshops that are registered and approved by the Land Transport Department,” said Dr Hj Supry.

Currently, the department does not approve the business licences of vehicle workshops, which are under the Ministry of Home Affairs’ jurisdiction.

He added that the department’s services had undergone a “reengineering process”, including the approval of workshops last year.

The processes are application of licence and application of workshop accreditation.

“For the approved workshops, we know what they do and products that they sell to the public, their employees’ details, especially their qualifications and experiences… these will be reviewed before approval. In fact, workshops are inspected every year and their licence will be renewed if everything is alright,” said the director.

When asked about car modifications, he said modifications will change the car’s safety features that were designed by the manufacturer.

“It changes the aerodynamic too but it does not mean we reject the idea entirely. For car rims, as long as the wheels offset is right and does not affect the car’s braking system,” he added.

The Brunei Times