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Free vehicle inspections at Puspakom until June 2

SHAH ALAM: Puspakom is offering free voluntary vehicle inspections in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration until June 2.

The ten-day campaign, which began yesterday, is being conducted during working hours at 54 of its vehicle inspection centres, except for Shah Alam and Pasir Gudang which are reserved for heavy vehicles.

Puspakom said its Mobile Unit will carry out inspections at Berapit Public Market, Penang, and AEON Nilai Shopping Centre tomorrow and at BHP Karak petrol station in Pahang on Monday.

The free inspection will also be conducted at the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry, Putrajaya on Tuesday; Petronas station in Kerteh, Terengganu (May 28-29 ); Selangor University Bestari Jaya Campus, Selangor (May 29) and Wisma DRB-Hicom (May 30).

Besides brake tests, the free inspection also involves 25 other tests including on tyres, side slips, suspension, smoke emissions, top and bottom checks, tinted glass and others, while the inspection report could be used by the owner as a reference for their vehicle’s maintenance.

Based on its statistics, 51% of private vehicles that have been inspected are unlikely to meet the company’s fixed inspection standards. The highest level of failure was in meeting the required level for the braking system (35%), followed by the side slip test (30%), and emissions (10%).

“This is particularly alarming because if major components of the vehicle such as the brakes are not working well and the results of the side slips are not satisfactory, it can expose vehicles to road accident risks. In fact, smoke emissions that do not comply with the Department of Environment standards can also cause air pollution,” the statement said.

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