A close analysis by the Rwanda traffic Police department has revealed that a big number of Road accidents are caused by vehicle poor mechanical conditions.
According to Police, despite big turn up of vehicles for mechanical inspection at the Remera-based Motor vehicle Inspection Centre (MIC), there are some owners who have ignored the call to take their automobiles for inspection putting their lives at risk.
The traffic department Spokesperson Superintendent Jean Marie Ndushabandi has warned that, “Respecting traffic is not an option but a must for vehicle owners and road users.”
Ndushabandi was speaking shortly after an accident that occurred in the wee hours of Saturday May 8, 2013 in Kacyiru, Gasabo District, when a Toyota picnic registration number RAC 944B, rammed into the wall of a Seventh Day Adventist church in Mutwa cell. The accident was attributed to mechanical faults.
“Inspecting vehicles for mechanical faults is part of the traffic rules that should be respected, and owners should know that failure to take their vehicles for inspection attracts penalties, but also puts life of people in jeopardy,” he said.
The MIC was established in 2008 to examine the mechanical condition of vehicles, which is believed to be one of the biggest causes of traffic accidents.
The center inspects among other things, the lighting and braking systems, wheel alignment and vehicle geometry and steering system, as well as gas emission.
Commercial vehicles are required to be inspected twice a year while private vehicles are inspected once a year.