Inspection reform will lead to problems for car owners. A maintenance moratorium may be introduced

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Changes to the law on technical inspection will enter into force on June 8, 2020. From this day on, the diagnostic card will no longer be compiled in paper form, but will only be electronic (data is stored in the EAISTO information system). At the time of the inspection process, the staff of the point will have to take three photographs of each machine: before starting the diagnosis, you need to capture the stern of the machine so that you can determine the make, model, color and recognize the license plate; the second photo is taken during the maintenance procedure – the machine identification number should be in the frame; and at the end of the inspection you will need to photograph the front of the vehicle.

According to the requirements of the Ministry of Transport, files with images of vehicles must be “uncorrectable”, as well as have a date, time, location coordinates (no more than 150 meters from the geolocation of the TO point). For photographs, only one format is provided – .jpeg, “weight” – no more than 512 kilobytes, and resolution – at least 300 dpi.



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In addition, by the indicated date, all maintenance points should determine their throughput and work in accordance with the plan. This indicator is calculated on the basis of the number of lines for inspecting machines, as well as the number of expert technicians working at this point. In this case, “extra” (that is, issued in excess of the norm) diagnostic cards will not be accepted.

Most likely, there will be no problems with the purchase of cameras and equipment for sending images to the database of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as with the determination of the throughput at maintenance points. However, in order to start working in accordance with the new rules, all inspection operators will have to re-accredit, that is, the PCA (Russian Union of Auto Insurers) will need to not only check the documents of the companies, but also have to inspect each MOT point.

According to “Russian newspaper”With reference to the Deputy Executive Director of the RSA Sergey Efremov, in the country there are now 5.2 thousand inspection points. According to him, if all of them “decide to be accredited overnight”, then the union will have to organize the same number of business trips. The cost of this will exceed the amount that is established as a fee for accreditation. However, it is impossible to increase the financial burden on maintenance points: many will have to update equipment and purchase new equipment (the same cameras).


By the way, due to additional costs, maintenance points will probably want to increase the cost of inspection for customers. Recall that the prices of relevant services are now set at the regional level: they vary from about 300 to 1000 rubles.

Another problem is that after limiting the throughput of all TO points in some regions, there will be a shortage of them: that is, there will be more cars than local operators can accept. And it is unlikely that there are many who want to start such a business against the background of the inspection reform and the introduction of large fines (as well as criminal liability) for violators. As a result, in a number of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, diagnostic cards may become scarce goods. This will lead to the fact that many car owners will not be able to buy a compulsory motor liability insurance policy, and you cannot drive without insurance. Recall that motorists without a “citizen” will soon start firing traffic cameras throughout the country.

Because of this, maintenance operators propose introducing a temporary moratorium on amendments: until all issues related to the same re-accreditation of maintenance points are resolved. The authorities should discuss and decide on each of the 19 by-laws on technical inspection before the beginning of April 2020. At the same time, insurers believe that the main problem with inspection is not cars, but buses – old public transport often gets into accidents with dead and wounded.

This opinion of the PCA is unlikely to find support among the deputies. Not so long ago, they refused to consider a bill to abolish MOT for passenger cars. In the State Duma, this was explained by both the increase in the number of accidents due to faulty vehicles (almost 7% more in January-October 2019) and the aging of the country’s fleet.

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