MOSCOW, February 25 – RIA Novosti. The Russian Union of Auto Insurers (RSA), which maintains a register of operators of technical inspection, supported the proposal to postpone the maintenance reform to a later date: this will allow drivers to safely go through the procedure, the union's press service told RIA Novosti.
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on February 25 said that in the current situation amid a pandemic, it is necessary to postpone the introduction of a new inspection procedure until October 1 and make sure that from that time on, the system works without interruptions and does not create inconveniences for motorists. The new procedure for technical inspection of cars was to come into force on March 1: it was supposed to introduce electronic diagnostic cards, photographic recording and other procedures.
“This is a temporary regime associated with restrictions due to covid. It will allow car owners, after the final removal of these restrictions, which is expected by October, to undergo a technical inspection in a normal mode without the risk of being left without an OSAGO policy,” said RSA President Igor Yurgens, quoted by press service of the union.
Earlier, the Ministry of Transport reported that, together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, it intends to soften the requirements for photographing cars during technical inspection, expanding the error indicators for determining the location of a car at a diagnostic point. According to the innovations, which were supposed to come into force on March 1, the photo should contain the coordinates of the point where the car was during the shooting.