The mobile vehicle mechanical inspection test lane started its operations in Musanze District on Wednesday to test the road worthiness of automobiles operating in some parts of the Northern Province.
The mobile test lane is meant to service vehicles operating in the countryside or far from the main mechanical inspection centres on Remera in the City of Kigali and Gishari in Rwamagana District.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, the Traffic and Road Safety spokesperson, the mobile test lane will be stationed at Ubworoherane stadium in Musanze until May 4.
“It is stationed in Musanze but it will also serve automobiles operating in the neighbouring districts of Nyabihu, Rubavu, Rutsiro and Ngororero; that doesn’t mean that any vehicle that will be in Musanze or passing through won’t be given the same service,” SSP Ndushabandi said.
“We are taking these services closer to the people to facilitate them from commuting long distances to Kigali, to save time and even expenses; overall, this is meant to ensure that vehicles are mechanically stable to prevent fatal accidents that may arise out of mechanical faults,” he explained.
“The mobile mechanical inspection services will continue to the Western Province and will be stationed in Rusizi District before shifting to the Southern region where it will be stationed in Huye District.”
The mobile test lane has a capacity to inspect over 100 vehicles per day.
“We appeal to owners of automobiles to seize this opportunity, bring their vehicles for inspection to prevent accidents caused by mechanical faults,” he said.
The mechanical inspection looks at wheel alignment, brake system, lights, tyre, and gas emission among others.