The mobile inspection lane inspected 78 vehicles on the first day of its automobile mechanical services on Monday November 21, in Rubavu District.
According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Mucyo Rukundo, the Western Region Political and Civic Education Officer (RPCEO), 38 vehicles passed the mechanical test while 40 others failed the first inspection with owners required to fix the identified mechanical faults.
"The turn up on the first day was relative. The automobile inspection lane has the capacity to inspect up to 120 vehicles per day," said CIP Rukundo.
He added: "The mobile lane will be operating in Rubavu until Saturday, November 26. This is an opportunity for owners of vehicles in Rubavu and other neighboring districts to bring them for inspection, know their status and to fix any identified mechanical faults to prevent related accidents and loss of lives."
The mobile inspection lane operates from 7a.m until 8p.m
It supports other mechanical inspection centres to serve car owners residing far in the countryside, who braved long distances to Kigali, Musanze, Rwamagana and Huye to have their vehicles inspected.
Automobile inspection is mandated by the Presidential Decree No. 85/01 of September 2, 2002, which, partly, stipulates that owners of vehicles using public roads without a mechanical inspection certificate will be liable to a fine of Frw25, 000.
Private vehicles are subjected to mechanical inspection every after one year while trucks and passenger service vehicles are inspected every six months.
The centres as well as the mobile lane test gas emission, shock absorber, brakes including handbrake, axle play detection, wheel alignment and vehicle geometry, steering system, headlights, and visual inspection of the vehicle’s body condition, among others.