Two-year car inspections come into force

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2 May 2006 , BRUSSELS — New legislation in which car road worthiness certificates are granted for two years came into force on Tuesday.

2 May 2006

BRUSSELS — New legislation in which car road worthiness certificates are granted for two years came into force on Tuesday.

Motorists who bring a car older than four years to a testing garage for the first time will in future receive a certificate for two years.

Previously, car road worthiness certificates were issued annually.

However, only motorists with a vehicle that has been on the road for four years and with less than 100,000 km on the clock can benefit from the new legislation.

Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt said despite the large number of vehicle tests, safety checks were currently not thorough enough.

"The intention now is that testing happens every two years, but more thoroughly," the Socialist SP.A minister said.

The change in regulation has been welcomed by motorists, but garage owners fear a loss of income.

Vehicle inspection centres are also concerned the new regulations could result in job cuts.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Decoster also raised concerns about the effect on road safety.

"Studies indicate that vehicles show increasingly greater problems after six years," she said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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