DOHA: All old vehicles — 2000 model or older — seeking renewal of road permit will now have to undergo the mandatory technical check up at the main inspection centre in the Industrial Area.
The Traffic Department has issued a circular to all the inspection centres in this regard, Al Sharq reported yesterday.
Earlier vehicle owners were allowed to do the annual check- up at any of the authorised centres. The satellite centres are located in Al Wakra, Abu Hamour and Al Khor.
The reason cited for the decision is that the satellite centres do not have the required facilities to conduct elaborate inspections, especially facilities for a proper closer probe of the vehicle from beneath. This can endanger safety, especially in the case of old vehicles. The new decision is expected to reduce the pressure on the satellite centres, while the Industrial Area facility will now see more vehicles.
All the technical inspection centres are run by Woqod, which a few years ago took over the erstwhile Qatar Technical Inspection Company. Woqod is in the process of establishing more inspection centres at some major petrol stations. The Peninsula