Laos to build first vehicle quality inspection centre
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.
Officially known as “Project construction of vehicle quality inspection centre in Vientiane”, it will focus on developing a facility that inspects and guarantees the quality of vehicles in Laos, Director and Chief Executive officer of UMG Lao MrChalongchaiChayutrapong confirmed.
The project costing over U$$10 million will start in 2018 with investment by UMG Lao.
MrChalongchai told Vientiane Times yesterday the firm 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, MrChalongchai added.
He explained 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.
Acting Director General of Department of Standardisation and Metrology under the M inistry of Sciences and Technology, MrViengthongVongthavilay said the ministry 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 met the required benchmarks.
It was also seeking cooperation with regional and international bodies for assistance with funding and personnel exchanges on standards to improve the quality of all human resources, he said.
According to the ministry, standards certificates have also been presented to over 100 b usinesses in food and construction including table salt, cassava powder and other foods plus timber used in the construction sector and a Savannakhet cement manufacturer Oulayphanith Company Ltd which had complied with ISO 9001 certification.
(Latest Update February 16, 2017)