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Compulsory vetting for used vehicles

Postby admin » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:13 am

PUTRAJAYA: Starting June, all second-hand, refurbished and modified motorised vehicles will be required to undergo inspection at Puspakom before they can be sold.

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this was in line with the enforcement of the Hire-Purchase (Amendment 2010) Act 1967 approved by parliament recently to safeguard the interests of all parties.

“Under the amendment, all used vehicles should go through several phases of inspection to ensure they are roadworthy,” he said in his speech at the signing of a MoU between the ministry and Puspakom for the implementation of the new regulation.

His speech was read by the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Mohd Zain Dom.

Ismail Sabri said the new requirement also provided safeguards to financial and insurance institutions and minimised risks arising from buying vehicles which were regarded as “total loss” due to accidents.

He said used car dealers would also benefit from the new regulation because it would make consumers more confident of the cars being sold.

He said the amendment also allowed car repossession by way of a court order.

To ensure an orderly repossession, the ministry would issue permits to agents to monitor and regulate repossession of cars.

Meanwhile, Puspakom had spent RM20mil to upgrade its inspection centres in preparation for the new regulation.

Its chief executive officer Hisham Othman said for a start, the company would install the facilities at Taman Bukit Maluri, Batu Caves, Pandan Indah, Petaling Jaya, Seremban, Johor Baru, Juru, Bayan Lepas and Kota Baru this year.

“Apart from that, we are also completing the construction of our biggest and most modern facility in Section 28, Shah Alam, costing RM14mil,” he said.

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Used-cars to be certified soon

Postby admin » Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:36 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Used-car dealers and individuals will be required to obtain the certificate of approval from Puspakom before they can sell their second-hand vehicles, effective June 1.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob said with the amendment to the Hire Purchase (Amendment 2010) Act 1967, all car sellers must send their used-cars to Puspakom for an inspection to ensure the vehicles are roadworthy.

“We want to make sure the cars sold have no mechanical defects and that there are minimal risks with vehicles regarded as total loss' due to accidents,” he said at a press conference after attending the Cooperatives Commission of Malaysia service excellence awards ceremony at a hotel here yesterday.

Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Car Dealers and Credit Companies Association president Khoo Kah Jin had sought clarification on whether there would be one or two vehicle inspections under the amendment.

Ismail said the amendment of the Act did not affect the normal procedures of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) for the transfer of ownership.

On who should bear the cost of the inspection, he said it was between the car seller and dealer to decide.

Ismail said under the Act, individuals who refused to produce the certificate or presented a fake certificate could be fined a maximum RM25,000 or jailed up to three years, or both.

Companies found guilty of the same charge can be fined up to RM100,000.

“Puspakom will conduct an 18-component inspection, including the chasis number, engine number, the windows, body, tyres, brakes, odometer and gear box,” he said, adding that the Act only covered those who bought used cars through hire-purchase.

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Inspection of vehicles can keep tabs on those that are stole

Postby admin » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:05 am

PETALING JAYA: The requirement for used, reconditioned and modified cars to be approved by Puspakom before they can be sold will help to reduce crime.

Puspakom chief executive officer Hisham Othman said these checks would help it identify vehicles that had been stolen or illegally modified, or had a criminal history.

“Indirectly, it will help the Government fight crime in line with the country's National Key Result Areas (NKRA) goals.

“The thorough inspection will also help protect finance and insurance companies from losses. It will also raise customer confidence in used-car dealers,” he said.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob had said on Monday that under an amendment to the Hire Purchase Act, used-car dealers and individuals would be required to send their vehicles to Puspakom to ensure that these were roadworthy.

Puspakom will conduct an 18-component inspection that will also help it identify kereta potong (cut-and-join) cars.

Hisham said inspections would be conducted in test lanes using computerised equipment.

“We use both visual and computerised testing to thoroughly inspect the vehicles. This includes testing for side-slip, smoke emissions, brakes and suspension,” he said.

Hisham said presently, Puspakom only conducted an identity check for used-cars to verify the chassis, engine and vehicle registration numbers.

He said although the current charge of RM30 for used-car inspection would go up with the implementation of the rule, the ministry had yet to finalise the new fee.

On tinted windscreens and windows, Hisham said Puspakom had no control over car modifications done after inspections.

“We only inspect vehicles brought into our centres. Any change done to the car after that can't be controlled by us,” he said.

Puspakom had spent RM20mil to upgrade its inspection centres in preparation for the new regulation, including having new facilities at Taman Bukit Maluri, Batu Caves, Pandan Indah, Petaling Jaya, Seremban, Johor Baru, Juru, Bayan Lepas and Kota Baru.

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