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Besides the exorbitant price of owning a car in Singapore, it also requires a lot of rules and regulations to follow. One of the most crucial requirement is to do a regular car inspection.
What are the rules of a vehicle inspection?
Vehicle inspections are required every 2 years only if your vehicle is after 3 years old. After a vehicle is 10 years old, it has to be inspected every year.
For illegally-modified engine or exhaust system that got caught more than once will have to be inspected more often, such as second-time offenders must send their vehicles for inspection every 6 months for 2 years, and for third-time offenders must send their vehicles for inspection every 3 months for 2 years.
Why must our vehicle be inspected?
It’s a process that your vehicle has to go through to make sure it’s up to standard and is roadworthy to minimize vehicle breakdowns and accidents.
When is my vehicle due for inspection?
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will issue you notice about three months in advance before your vehicle’s inspection date.
Where can I get my vehicle inspected?
There are 3 companies that are authorised by the LTA to carry out vehicle inspections:
JIC Inspection Centres
(2 centres – Ang Mo Kio, Jurong)
STA Inspection Centres
(2 centres – Sin Ming, Boon Lay)
VICOM Inspection Centres
(5 centres – Bukit Batok, Changi, Kaki Bukit, Sin Ming, Yishun)
How much does the inspection cost?
An inspection costs $64.20, but if a vehicle fails its initial inspection for any reason, a re-inspection will cost $32.10. Petrol-driven cars registered before 1 April 2014, require a hydrocarbon emission test that costs a further $1.07, while petrol-driven cars registered after 1 April 2014, require a high-idle emission test, costing an extra $6.42.
How long will the inspection take?
The inspection itself will take roughly 15 minutes. Inspection centres do not accept bookings, so there may be a queue. Be sure to not head over from 11 am to 2 pm as you might expect a longer waiting time.
What does the inspection involve?
According to VICOM’s Vehicle Inspection Checklist, the following will be checked:
- Lighting Equipment
- Steering System
- Braking System
- Suspension System
- Tyre and Road Wheel
- Engine and Transmission
- General Items
All things considered, vehicle inspection cannot be skipped as each driver will need a certificate stating that their vehicle is roadworthy and without a certificate, the vehicle cannot be driven on the road. It may be troublesome to have regular car inspection; it will surely benefit you and your car. We have just the solution to save you goldfishes out there! Download the UDrivers app and be notified on your regular inspections.