17 March, 2018, 12:00 am
FIVE inspection companies have come on board with the Land Transport Authority as complying agents for authorised motor vehicle inspection agencies (AMVIA).
In signing the contracts at the LTA headquarters at Valelevu on Thursday, LTA board chairman Vijay Maharaj said in 2016 LTA had embarked on the project for outsourcing of vehicle inspections to reputable private companies.
He said the five additional inspection centres had met the 85 per cent compliance threshold.
The five agencies are Asco Motors (Ba), Kingsway Auto (Lautoka), Quick Stop (Sigatoka), Eskay Motors (Suva) and Wheels Pacific (Suva).
“The signing of the contract will officially confirm the complying agencies as AMVIA , however, vehicle inspections will commence once the agencies has met 100 per cent compliance,” Mr Maharaj said.
“The outsourcing of vehicle inspections will also ensure transparency and enable LTA to fulfil to its maximum potential it role as a regulatory body.”
He added the project was also aimed to enhance productivity and improving vehicle inspection standards through the use of technology and equipment.
” Currently, LTA is working on the first and second phase of the AMVIA outsourcing which have been awarded through the tender process with an emphasis on strategic locations,” he said.
He said the third phase for the project would begin next year after LTA engineering team had monitored the operations for the first and second phase’s agencies and determined the need for any additional agencies in specific locations.
Last year, LTA had signed contracts with six centres for the outsourcing of private and commercial vehicles under 3.5 tonnes.