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Understaffing seen causing auto inspection backlogs to build up

The Saigon Times

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HCMC  – Vietnam Register (VR) has warned of potential auto inspection backlogs in 31 provinces, citing severe shortages of inspectors.

There are just 1,760 inspectors active at 277 auto inspection centers nationwide. About 70 centers may be forced to close due to a lack of qualified staff and equipment.

Provinces like Bac Kan, Hoa Binh and Thai Binh could face a shutdown of auto inspection centers, VR said in a recent statement.

The current operational centers are insufficient to meet a possible surge in vehicle inspeciton demand in the coming months, particularly from April to July and later in the year.

The situation stems from a wave of prosecutions against inspectors for alleged violations of regulations at auto inspection centers last year.

The police have filed charges against 900 suspects in numerous cases over vehicle inspection irregularities, with alleged violations mainly involving inspections of automobiles and vessels, and auto modifications.

VR has proposed a range of measures, including requesting the authorities to postpone the revocation of inspector certifications and the suspension of certain affected inspection centers.

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