'Ringers' used to test car inspectors

17th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Road Traffic and Transport Authority (RDW) has revealed it has submitted cars for road worthiness evaluations to see if the testing centres are doing a proper job.

17 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Road Traffic and Transport Authority (RDW) has revealed it has submitted cars for road worthiness evaluations to see if the testing centres are doing a proper job.

A spokesperson for the RDW said 10 to 20 cars have been submitted anonymously by the agency for the APK evaluation.

The RDW uses the 'ringers' to check whether the tests are carried out in accordance with the regulations and whether garages are carrying out and charging for unnecessary repairs.

It is too early, the spokesperson said, to draw conclusions but so far the examinations carried out to date have turned out better than anticipated.

The RDW aims to evaluate about 3 percent of the 6.6 APK tests carried out annually. IN 2004, its inspectors conducted 6,500  on-the-spot visits and conducted 196,000 random checks of almost 27,000 APK testers.

Some 750 of these visits led to sanctions being taken for incorrectly carried out car tests.

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