Laos to build first vehicle quality inspection centre

business February 17, 2017 01:00

By VIENTIANE TIMES
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
VIENTIANE

LAOS PLANS to construct the nation’s first vehicle-quality inspection centre, aiming to scrutinise and ensure the safety of road transport in the country.



The project costing more than US$10 million (Bt350 million) will start in 2018 with investment by UMG Lao, the firm’s director and chief executive officer Chalongchai Chayutrapong confirmed.

He said the company recently signed an agreement with the Department of Standardisation and Metrology under the Ministry of Sciences and Technology for cooperation and construction of the centre.

“We have discussed the need for this centre with authorities since last year, as other Asean countries have high vehicle standards but Laos still lacks a centre for inspections and guaranteeing the quality of vehicles,” he said.

The new inspection centre will be established on a 5-hectare site with testing facilities, offices, storage, and a training centre for drivers, Chalongchai added.

He explained that the new centre would serve as a hub for resource development, facilitate inspection services and field standards research, and play an important role in assuring vehicle quality in the country.

Viengthong Vongthavilay, acting director-general of the Department of Standardisation and Metrology, said the Ministry of Sciences and Technology and UMG Lao had been working together so construction of the facility could begin some time next year.

The ministry has been endeavouring to develop its human resources in the field of standards so they could introduce more vehicle-quality inspections and present standards certificates to businesses nationwide that meet the required benchmark.