Monday,18 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1377, ( 18 - 24 January 2018)
Monday,18 February, 2019
Issue 1377, ( 18 - 24 January 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Good will

RTA in Dubai makes buying a used car much safer. Can this be applied in Egypt? , reports Mohamed Abdel-Razek

The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai has made it possible for any car owner or buyer willing to get a used car to request a Vehicle Condition Certificate.

The certificate will contain details such as distance covered in kilometres, type and validity of insurance, details of impoundment, type of vehicle, owner and condition during annual testing, and other relevant information, according to the Khaleej Times.

Only the owner of the vehicle can request a certificate that must be confirmed to the RTA through a text message including a pin code. After submitting all the requirements, the customer can avail the service by entering the chassis number of the used vehicle at the RTA website. The RTA will then inform the customer about the possibility of getting the vehicle details from the RTA for a fee of Dh100 per certificate.

The service also covers imported used vehicles, assisted by some international firms such as the American CARFAX and the European AUTO DNA which provide information about vehicles exported to the UAE from American, European and Asian countries.

So it seems that this service seeks the general good of used car consumers as well as encouraging car owners to take care of their vehicles knowing that one day if they decide to sell their cars they will be asked by potential buyers to provide the Vehicle Condition Certificate.

How could this service be beneficial if applied in Egypt? The question was thrown to Moetaz Atef, automotive anchor and drift champion. “This service appears to be simple, but it isn’t,” Atef said. He said to be executed efficiently and effectively a whole system should be established with rules and regulations applied by honest qualified human resources from engineers who inspect the cars, to test drivers who test the cars to those writing the certificate on the computer. 

The lack or weakness in any of the above, according to Atef, makes the certificate useless because if the system is weak or lacks honesty the whole thing ends up making no sense.

Comparing road safety and infrastructure in Dubai with those in Cairo might sound unrealistic but from another angle, applying this service in Egypt properly with the qualified personnel will benefit the country dramatically even when compared to Dubai, for a simple reason. Dubai already has its traffic and safety rules that keep healthy cars on the roads, a fact which protects nature, as well as pedestrians along with passengers. But in Egypt, according to Atef, such rules, if they existed, would not look like they were applied efficiently. So with this certificate, a big portion of car owners will make sure to keep the quality of their vehicles in good shape to keep the value up when seeking qualification.

Also, with the money collected from the certificate fees, the government can subsidise hybrid cars to help the popularity of environmentally friendly vehicles.

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