Questions are being asked by a large number of vehicle owners how some requirements by the Public Works Department (PWD)

can have anything to do with road-worthiness, as thousands of vehicle owners pay the visit to the PWD for the annual road-worthiness certification.

This certification is required for the vehicle owners to pay the road tax to the Customs and Inland Revenue Department of Government before they can receive the sticker that’s displayed on the vehicle windscreen to show that the vehicle is allowed to be on the public roads.

There are concerns by many that some reasons given by PWD for denying approval were trivial and have nothing to do with road-worthiness of vehicles, such as minor dents on vehicles. There are also concerns from some claiming double standards were being used such as some vehicles with small dents would be allowed to pass while some would not pass the PWD test.

Many have expressed concerns that some of the requirements from PWD were new and the department has not done any public awareness in advance to let vehicle owners know of them beforehand. They only find out about these when their vehicle is taken for check and then having to go through unbelievable pressure to fulfill compliance.

“This really is unnecessary and could have been avoided and helpful to vehicle owners if the new requirements had been made aware to the people before hands,” many complain.

Some of the new requirements concern the size and type of font on the vehicle number plates – they have to be of a certain size, tainted windscreen and window screens and new vehicles needing to have wheel caps, which they don’t normally come with from the factories in the first place. People needing new number plates must pay over Vt6,000 and the new plates fitted before the vehicle is represented for check.

Some have also complained and have expressed concerns about what they say is a change in the procedure for having the vehicles checked, which they say is both unnecessary and time consuming. They say the system should be allowed to serve the people without giving them unnecessary pressures and costs.

The Daily Post tried to speak to the officer responsible for the PWD chief engineer to get some clarification on the questions and concerns raised but was told he was away and would be available only this morning. The Daily Post hopes to get further clarification from him today.

Since the start of January when the three-month period for paying vehicle road tax started the Daily Post has received a number of concerns raised through the Letter to the Editor and other columns.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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