Refurbished vehicle testing station opens


Guests watch as VTS staff use the new equipment and facilities at the opening ceremony yesterday

The VTS, built in 1996, had been rendered obsolete since several years as most of the equipment broke down and could not be replaced for financial reasons.

For some time, most of the work was done manually by staff.
The upgraded station will allow testing of vehicles to be done in a more professional manner and with greater accuracy.
According to the acting chief executive of the Seychelles Land Transport Agency (SLTA), Parinda Herath, the upgrading work has been undertaken at a cost of R4.6 million, funded entirely by the Seychelles government.

The civil work was undertaken by Ascent Projects and the supply, installation and commissioning  of the equipment was done by Workshop Electronics, a South African contractor.

The new equipment installed include two heavy duty brake testers that can test both light and heavy vehicles, two scuff gauges for checking wheel alignment and pit jacks for testing wheel bearings, king pins, ball joints, rack-end and tie-rod ends.

Mr Herath said with the use of these pieces of equipment, the VTS can maintain motor testing at a very high standard and also eliminate  the risk of human  error.

The opening was attended by Home Affairs, Environment and Transport Minister Joel Morgan; the chief executive of the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation, Veronique Laporte; several officials of the SLTA and some representatives of motor dealers.

Mr Morgan told the press after the opening that gas and noise metres are also expected at the station later this year to improve performance, while helping to reduce carbon and noise levels.

He said that besides equipment and legislation, improved security on the roads necessitate a new mindset.
He said motorists must, for instance, recognise that wearing seats belts mean improved security for themselves and their passengers.

He also said motorists should avoid speeding, adding that this constitutes a good share of all serious accidents, including those resulting in loss of lives.

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