KUALA LUMPUR: Puspakom has built 19 new dedicated lanes for motorists sending their used cars for the Hire-Purchase Inspection (HPI) to be enforced today.
Chief executive officer Hisham Othman said the body had invested RM20mil to add lanes to existing service centres and build six new branches in Taman Bukit Maluri, Pandan Mewah, Jalan Tandang, Batu Caves, and Taman Daya in Johor Baru and Pengkalan Chepa in Kota Baru.
An additional lane has been added to branches in Glenmarie, Wangsa Maju, Sungai Petani, Padang Jawa and Kuching, he said.
“We have selected heavily-populated locations where there are many car dealers. We have also engaged 121 new vehicle inspectors in our centres,” he told The Star.
Hisham said business hours had been extended to 7pm from 5pm, but assured motorists that service centres would continue to inspect cars up until midnight “as long as there is a queue and people are willing to wait.”
“We will stay open to complete the inspection,” he said, adding that this also covered weekends.
The HPI, also known as the B7 inspection, comprises an 18-point inspection using both visual and computerised equipment to test a vehicle's roadworthiness.
It is part of amendments made to the Hire-Purchase Act 1967.
Car owners have to pay RM60 more for the new inspection besides the RM30 for the existing Transfer of Ownership (B5) four-point inspection.
However, Hisham explained that vehicle owners need not be subjected to both B5 and B7 inspections simulatenously as separate certificates were issued for each.
“As long as the owner does not enter into a hire-purchase agreement, there is no need for the B7. It's your choice, you can do both at once or come twice,” he said.
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