The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Rawalpindi has announced to establish a new modern vehicle inspection and certification station (VICS) by the end of December.
An RTA official said that the construction work on the station on a 13-kanal near Rawat would be completed in November.
He said that the Punjab government had made it mandatory for passenger and freight vehicles to pass capability tests. A Swedish firm by the name of Opus Inspection will conduct the tests, starting in December, he said. The Opus Inspection will also set up 39 modern VICS in the 36 districts of Punjab, he said.
“The stations have already begun working in Lahore,” said the official.
Buses, vans, cabs, trolleys and trucks will be issued certificates after their alignment, brakes, headlights, emission, noise and visual features were inspected and vehicle suspension was verified, he said.
The transport department will charge an inspection fee of Rs1,080 while every delivery van, cab, rickshaw and motorbike rickshaws will have to pay Rs720 for the issuance of their certificates.
Additionally, Rs540 renewal fee will be charged from the heavy transport vehicles and light transport vehicles every six months, while delivery vans, cabs, rickshaws and motorbike rickshaws will pay Rs450 for the renewal.
The official said that no public transport will be allowed to operate on roads without passing the international standards of seven criteria inspection, which will be implemented to ensure road safety and minimize the number of accidents.
“A separate station will be set up in the city for smaller vehicles,” he added. APP