Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion Com­pany Ex­pected

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The Land Trans­port Author­ity has once again en­gaged Ja­pan Ex­port Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion Cen­tre Com­pany Lim­ited (JEVIC) to con­duct pre-ship­ment struc­tural and me­chan­i­cal in­spec­tion of used ve­hi­cles.

JEVIC is an off­shore ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion agency. It started in­spec­tion in and around the ma­jor used ve­hi­cle ex­port ports in Ja­pan from July 15. It will of­fi­cially come into ef­fect in Fiji on Au­gust 15.

Un­der this sys­tem, in­spec­tion is manda­tory for all Fi­jian-bound ve­hi­cles. How­ever JEVIC is only part of the re­quire­ment be­cause it does not guar­an­tee a ve­hi­cle’s im­port ap­proval into the coun­try.

LTA Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Naisa Tuinaceva be­lieves JEVIC will be ben­e­fi­cial to cus­tomers as the sys­tem will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the un­scrupu­lous and un­eth­i­cal prac­tices in the used ve­hi­cle in­dus­try. Mr Tuinaceva said: “We are en­coun­ter­ing nu­mer­ous cases of de­cep­tion in the used ve­hi­cle in­dus­try whereby some Au­tho­rised Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Deal­ers (AMVDs) are giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion when they sell used ve­hi­cles to their cus­tomers and the cus­tomer ends up with a de­fec­tive ve­hi­cle. “There have been many cases of odome­ter-tam­per­ing and half-cut ve­hi­cles be­ing sold, but with JEVIC ap­praisal in place, un­scrupu­lous deal­ers will not be able to rip-off their cus­tomers as JEVIC will only is­sue a clean chit to those ve­hi­cles that meet the stan­dards.

“The Author­ity does not con­done cor­rupt prac­tices. We have ter­mi­nated the AMVD li­cense of some un­eth­i­cal mo­tor ve­hi­cle deal­ers in the past, and through our stan­dards and com­pli­ance process, we will con­tinue to iden­tify and pe­nalise any dealer who is caught breach­ing the con­di­tions of the AMVD li­cense”.

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