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Why inspection stickers if ‘any rolling crap can circulate’ the roads

Santo Domingo.- The government will no longer issue the vehicle inspection sticker until the Traffic Law is amended or a system is created to ensure compliance of requirements, to avoid that any rolling crap can circulate.”

Land Transit director Luis Estrella on Sunday said for the sticker to work and fulfill its objective, a real system must be created, with certified workshops which inspect vehicles thoroughly and determine if the vehicles on the roads comply with the law.

In an Op-Ed in newspaper Listin Diario, the official called the sticker “useless” because, “it doesn’t seem that it isn’t strictly issued under applied criteria, as in other more organized and more demanding countries than ours in compliance, since any rolling crap has it.”

“We have opted to stop issuing the sticker momentarily, until the law is changed and a system with authorized and certified shops is created, where it fact there’s a thorough inspection of the vehicle, including the engine, and that everything is done with a modern approach,” Estrella said.

There are more than 50,000 vehicles that are not road-worthy and should be removed from circulation. The owners of these vehicles and their unions argue that these vehicles are providing much needed transportation for thousands of passengers. But Estrella concluded that sooner or later these jalopies will have to be taken out of circulation and replaced by modern buses.

Other experiences

Estrella said in countries like Mexico and Spain, 4 or 5 year-old vehicles aren’t inspected because they’re considered new. “They do so after five years in specialized workshops for that.”

Source: DT, DR1

July 18, 2016

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