Ministry matters

Vehicle safety center will remain, ministry says

  • By Shelley Shan / Staff Reporter

The government does not plan to scrap the Vehicle Safety Certification Centre, which would implement a new rating system to assess vehicle safety later this year, the Ministry of Transport and Communications said on Friday.

The center, which was established in 2009, is a nonprofit organization overseen by the ministry. It is responsible for conducting motor vehicle safety inspections, recalling motor vehicles in accordance with ministry instructions, and updating motor vehicle regulations to ensure they meet international standards.

However, someone has proposed on the government’s online public policy platform that the center be abolished and a national certification center created, adding that the government should step up its efforts to administer vehicle crash testing.

Regulations similar to the “Lemon Laws” in the United States are urgently needed to address safety issues caused by faulty motor vehicles, given a series of reported manufacturing defects in vehicles made by Volkswagen , Volvo, Mazda and Toyota over the past few years, the person said. .

“Consumers have no legal recourse to seek compensation from automakers for the purchase of defective vehicles,” they said.

The center has repeatedly said it lacks the capacity to assess faulty motor vehicles and has no incentive to increase capacity, they added.

The person accused the center of raising a significant amount of operational funds from automaker associations, which she said is a conflict of interest.

The petition had garnered 5,090 signatures yesterday, forcing the government agency in charge to give a formal response.

“The country’s vehicle safety management would be greatly disrupted if the center were to be abolished,” the ministry said in a statement.

On October 22 last year, Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) called a meeting where the petitioner and government officials discussed the possibility of establishing a mechanism to identify vehicle defects. engine and other related issues, the ministry said.

The center is expanding a list of organizations that can determine if a motor vehicle has major manufacturing defects and would post it on a car safety website (https://www.car-safety.org.tw/), a the ministry said, adding that it also increases the number of valid car defects these organizations would have to deal with.

After consulting the regulations governing the management of defective motor vehicles in other countries, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has since July 1 last year applied a new standardized contract for vehicle transactions, said the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Transport.

“The new standardized contract allows car owners to cancel the contract or request an exchange for a new car within six months of delivery of the car or when the mileage is less than 12,000 km, if the car has a major defect that cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of repair attempts,” he said.

The center also stipulates regulations and expands its inspection capacity before implementing the “Taiwan New Car Assessment Program” in the fourth quarter of this year to assess the safety of new vehicles, the assessment results to be published in the first quarter of next year. , says the ministry.

Consumers can use the valuation results as a reference when buying new vehicles, he added.

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