Automobile industry body SIAM
said that it has urged the government to let dealer
workshops function as inspection and certification centres under
the vehicle scrappage policy.
at the 3rd Auto Retail Conclave organised by Federation of
Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), Society of Indian
Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Kenichi Ayukawa said if the
government starts new inspection centres, these may not be commercially viable
and may take a long time to develop across India.
said that, they are requesting the government that in the scrappage scheme, the
dealer workshops should be allowed as Inspection and certification centres.
This is because the dealer organisation already has equipment, investment and
expertise in testing the automobiles.
Expressing confidence on
automobile dealers to "realise this big responsibility", Ayukawa said
that, he also hopes that they will live up to this trust and carry out all
inspection and certification with objectivity. Ayukawa also said the auto
industry is requesting the government for starting the fitness testing much
earlier in the life of a car and the current 15-year or 20-year period appears
too long. The voluntary vehicle scrapping policy provides for fitness tests
after 20 years for personal vehicles while commercial vehicles would require it
after the completion of 15 years.
He also said SIAM has approached the government for support to dealer
partners, including asking the Reserve Bank of India to extend the moratorium
for loans for dealers.
Source: ET Auto.com
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