A bill was submitted to the State Duma on September 14 proposing to abolish compulsory technical inspections for certain categories of cars. According to the document, a technical inspection is necessary if a vehicle is registered or changes hands.
Tech inspection will also be required when major parts of a vehicle are replaced or the design is changed. Marat Khusnullin Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the government commission for road safety, said on September 14 that the commission had supported the abolition of mandatory technical inspection.
State Duma deputies have been working on the bill for a long time, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting with deputy prime ministers. The abolition of mandatory tech inspection, according to Mishustin, will save car owners from a rather troublesome and often unnecessary procedure. After all, in real practice, motorists quite carefully keep their vehicles in good working condition, check them before driving and worry about their safety and the safety of passengers, said Mishustin. The government will support this initiative which will make technical inspections easier in the whole country, he said.
State Duma deputies previously proposed making the inspection procedure voluntary. The new rules would not apply to vehicles used to transport passengers and cargo. These include taxis, trucks, buses, as well as vehicles owned by businesses and organizations.
Khusnullin underlined at the meeting the day before that the initiative will make it possible to reduce the number of technical inspections to 6-8 million per year from the current 30 million.
In June, Russia’s road police chief Mikhail Chernikov proposed voluntary technical inspections of cars that did not engage in passenger or cargo transportation. He referred to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of 1968. According to Chernikov, in this case, motorists would assess the condition of their cars “in terms of comfort,” which would lead to a reduction in the number of accidents that occur due to various technical faults.
According to Interfax, the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic provides for mandatory technical inspections for certain categories of vehicles, which include buses and trucks. There is a proviso that these vehicles are subject to technical inspection if they weigh more than 3.5 tonnes. Russia is a signatory to this convention.
Earlier, Maxim Kadakov, editor-in-chief of Za Rulem magazine, clarified that voluntary technical inspection was a positive procedure and that it “made sense.” He added that it “did not mean” the full abolition of the procedure if the inspection was voluntary.
First Vice-Speaker of the Federation Council Andrei Turchak, who co-authored the initiative, explained that residents of different regions of Russia had repeatedly requested State Duma deputies to abolish technical inspection. If the bill is passed, drivers will be able to decide for themselves whether or not to have their cars checked. However, Turchak underlined that technical inspection would remain mandatory for commercial vehicles.