City to Exempt a Million Vehicles from Annual Safety and Emission Tests
Vehicles with less than seven seats and those are not being used as taxis are now eligible to be exempted from the safety and emission test for the first six years starting this September. Drivers of these vehicles can apply for vehicle qualification stickers at the nearest police vehicle registration and administration offices or service counters of the traffic police.
Based on the new rule vehicles that are registered after September 2012 are eligible for the exemption twice and vehicles registered from September 2010 to August 2012 are exempted once. These vehicles need to pass the annual inspection test after being in service for six years and each test costs about 200 yuan and is time consuming especially when there are a large number of vehicles that are lined up to be tested for safety and emissions. The new rule will cover around 1.1 million vehicles in Shenzhen.
Drivers that are involved in accidents that results in injuries will have submit their vehicles to checks every two years. Vehicles with inspection validity that expires in September 2014 must undergo these tests based on the rules otherwise these drivers will be fined. Vehicles that are not registered for more than four years from the date of production will also have to undergo tests once every two years are required.