Over 20% of commercial vehicles failed Puspakom inspections – unsafe trucks kept off Malaysian roads

Over 20% of commercial vehicles failed Puspakom inspections – unsafe trucks kept off Malaysian roads

Puspakom has revealed that 20.3% from over 1.4 million vehicles failed routine inspections for various reasons last year. “That is some 296,000 vehicles that we kept off the road to ensure public safety,” said Puspakom CEO Mahmood Razak Bahman in his welcome speech during the recent CITA (Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee) regional advisory group conference in Malaysia.

“This underscores the inspection’s success – as well as importance – in preventing potential mishaps which may lead to road accidents and deaths,” he added. The figures mentioned involve mandatory periodic inspections only, which are conducted every six months for commercial vehicles and not private cars.

Mahmood also pointed out Puspakom had managed to reduce the average vehicle inspection time to just 37 minutes, down from 60 minutes a few years ago. With new technologies and the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), he expects this performance to be improved without comprising on quality.

The CITA conference was attended by over 30 members representing 11 countries and serves to emphasise the significance of collaborative efforts in tackling road safety and emissions challenges on a global scale.

Over 20% of commercial vehicles failed Puspakom inspections – unsafe trucks kept off Malaysian roads

“In essence, what Puspakom and other CITA members undertake daily is to ensure the roadworthiness of vehicles, which means we protect other road users in Malaysia. Puspakom has been at this for almost 30 years. This aligns with CITA’s mission and theme at this conference”, said Mahmood.

CITA president Gerhard Müller also highlighted the necessity for impartiality in vehicle compliance assessments, adapting to evolving vehicle technologies and harmonising standards for both new and existing vehicles.

“As the automotive sector experiences rapid growth in the Asia/Australasia region, it plays a crucial role in shaping the future of transportation. Organising the CITA conference in Malaysia at this juncture was opportune as it brings together top experts in vehicle compliance and inspection to share knowledge and experience, as well as the key challenges in the aspect of vehicle inspection,” Müller said.

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  • EV user on Nov 29, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Yes. especially those 10 ton and above with brake failure. Wouldn’t want one behind us, would we ?

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  • cynic on Nov 29, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    really? i thot can just bribe the puspakom or jpj officer.
    look at the number of soot belching vehicles on the road

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    • dis is wat mekanik lori cakap on Nov 29, 2023 at 2:23 pm

      B4 they send 4 inspection, they retune diesel fuel injection pump 2 cut down black smoke in exhaust. After pass inspection, they retune back as b4.

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      • Elon the Musketeer on Nov 29, 2023 at 4:41 pm

        Hello..Elon Musk is trying to employ u,sir.Dont off your handphone.

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      • Raja Kamarul on Nov 29, 2023 at 11:09 pm


        The reality is in lesser developed nations, the idea is to pass the inspection, not about doing the right thing. Many owners rent new tyres, tighten here and there to make things look better, put weight inside the boot (Bezza for ride hailing) just to cheat the system.

        Do you know too that when commercial vehicles come in and fail the tyre tread test, when they come in again the vehicle only needs to check the offending tyre? And they swap the failed tyre to the other good one, and they will pass that reinspection? Why? That’s what the rules state! Puspakom does not have the authority to re-test because the rules by JPJ are as such.

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    • Dont be naive..check it out yourself on Nov 29, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      20% is official “gagal” vehicles.
      Real figures,easily double..u know I mean.

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  • there are countless aged trucks and lorries with huge black smoke on our KL roads, please do not report for the sake of reporting but to question and investigate the reality.

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  • Puspakom or not…. Commercial vehicle more than 10 years should not be put on the road. Their mileage easily 3 times more than average cars as they need to be on the road running 24×7 to make money.

    Also as long as we still see widespread failed commercial vehicle on the road, puspakom checking is not effective. Why keep doing the same and want to expect different result ?

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