FAHAS – How does it work in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia requires yearly periodic inspections of all motor vehicles. The inspection is performed by the MVPI Centers (Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection), which are part of the Department of Traffic, and it is valid for a year after it is issued.
The FAHAS seeks to guarantee that automobiles in the KSA are secure and adhere to environmental requirements. The vehicle’s steering, suspension, chassis, brakes, tires, lighting, and pollution control system will all be examined by the MVPI team.
The car will not pass the inspection if any flaws are discovered, and it must be fixed before it can be inspected again.
Periodic Vehicle Inspection (Fahas) – MPVI
Three years after receiving the initial vehicle licence, new private vehicles are subject to routine examination. The inspection is performed on taxis, buses, and other public transportation vehicles two years after the initial vehicle licence is received. The continued safety of these automobiles on the road depends on these checks.
When should a Fahas Test be performed?
It’s crucial to have your car inspected each year and before the inspection certificate expires. This will guarantee that there are no mechanical problems with your car. Any car whose owner desires to check in at one of the following MVPI Stations will be accepted:
- whilst on a trip.
- when purchasing or selling a car.
- finding a technical problem.
- when trying to identify technological problems.
- examining the car after it has been repaired from a collision.
- when changing the chassis, engine, or color.
- If the owner wants to get Saudi license plates, the pre-owned vehicles are registered in another nation.
- When you renew your vehicle license.
There is a few necessary paperwork that you must carry when you go to have your car examined. These consist of the vehicle registration card and the identity card (Iqama) of the owner, first-degree relative, or authorized driver (Istimara). You must provide the traffic report or the original customs card if your car was imported.
First, visit the closest MVPI centre to have your car examined. When you get there, submit your Iqama (residence card), Istamara card (auto registration card), and the inspection costs at the cash desk. After making the payment, you can head to the inspection shed.
The MVPI staff will conduct a comprehensive check of your vehicle after you drop it off at the inspection yard. When they’re finished, you’ll receive a report detailing the findings of the examination.
If there are any flaws, you will have two weeks to correct them before doing FAHAS once more.
You can take your automobile to one of the many mechanics outside the FAHAS facility to get it fixed if it has a small issue, such blown bulbs or brake problems. By doing so, you can finish the FAHAS in one day.
Can someone else bring the car for you?
Nobody can simply drop off the vehicle for Fahas inspection. The owner, a first-degree relative, or any officially authorized driver may bring a vehicle for periodic examination.
In Saudi Arabia, a periodic examination of a motor vehicle costs SAR 83.95 for the initial inspection and SAR 27.6 for the second inspection. 15% VAT is included in the price.
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