Club news: ATCUAE launches vehicle modification inspection centre
Publication date: 09 August 2017
On 8 August 2017, UAE capital’s first vehicle inspection center for modified vehicles was launched and signed at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The launch follows the implementation of a UAE Cabinet decision regarding to the safety requirements of modified vehicles. The decision was passed by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), Conformity Affairs Department and in cooperation with the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE).
The inspection center will ensure that all safety regulations are met under the new decision. Prior to this decision, there was no place for vehicle owners to verify the safety of their modifications, potentially endangering not only the drivers but everyone sharing the roads. The inspection center allows for vehicle owners to comply with a unified set of regulations that ensures the highest safety standards, ultimately guaranteeing the safety of all road users. It also serves to educate the population of financial and environmental costs and impacts of non-compliant vehicles.
There have been many vehicles modified over the years that have never had any government body or authority to verify whether or not they comply with the rules. The inspection center will be handling not only newly modified vehicles, but also all of those that have been modified in the past without verification. This allows for vehicle owners to comply with set regulations and ensure they abide by all the highest standards.
“This is a very welcome addition to the already wide portfolio of services that we offer drivers and the public,” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO, Yas Marina Circuit. “We welcome a wide range of modified vehicles to our popular Yas Super Street Challenge and Freestyle Drifting events, and now drivers of these specialist vehicles can enhance safety even further thanks to the new inspection centre.”
“This center gives and opportunity for those who are inadvertently breaking the law to become legal,” commented Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President, ATCUAE. “It gives a chance to legalize modified vehicles and ensure compliance across the board.”