The test costs SR73 and in case of failure, the inspector will determine the parts that need changing in the vehicle and ask the driver to return for another MVPI which will cost only SR25 the second time.
However, unscrupulous automobile repair shop owners located near the MVPI station, seeing an opportunity to make a profit are charging double the rates and fixing vehicles using their own techniques instead of changing the defective car parts.
The MVPI management, noting the foul practice has placed a notice warning motorists not to be fooled by individuals standing just outside the office.
Inspectors are very aware of this fact." He said MVPI centers check vehicles using specialized equipment, with no human intervention.
He said he found it strange that the traffic department had not tackled such irregularities: "Many young men also commit illegal acts by exchanging parts of their vehicles just to pass the inspection tests." Ali Abdullah, another citizen, said that the process is not thorough, with "inspectors checking the outside condition of the vehicle, not the essential internal parts such as the gearbox and the motor." Hussein Al-Qahtani, the director of the MVPI centers, said many of their customers have car problems because of the poor quality repair work undertaken at nearby workshops.
"The department has plans to establish two more MVPI centers in southeast and northwest of Riyadh," Al-Esae said.
He disclosed plans to establish the second MVPI center in Jeddah, adding that it would be located on the Jeddah-Makkah Expressway.
Efforts are under way to set up the second MVPI center in Dammam and new centers in different parts of the Kingdom.
"The use of such powders for passing MVPI brake tests threatens road safety," he said, adding that his officers had handed over three expatriates to police this week for the same violation.
Al-Qahtani said as many as 165,000 vehicles failed the MVPI tests this year while at Jeddah driving schools 72,000 passed and 49,000 failed.
According to the newspaper, out of 8.25 million cars in Saudi Arabia, only 1.7 million vehicles have passed the MVPI test.
Quoting the management of the MVPI stations, the newspaper said the means of land transport consisting of sedan cars, mini-buses, buses and trucks were the primary source of air pollution.