Research on vehicle (LPG, Petrol & diesel) maintenance garages and mechanics' capability to comply with tightened environmental and safety requirements  

Project Title: Research on vehicle (LPG, Petrol & diesel) maintenance garages and mechanics' capability to comply with tightened environmental and safety requirements

Applicant: Hong Kong Productivity Council

Total Approved Grant: $589,380 (Actual Expenditure : $560,350.60)

Duration: 17.4.2000 - 31.7.2001

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

Scope: To collect information about facilities of the vehicle maintenance garages and the training needs of garage mechanics if they have to comply with tightened environmental and safety requirements when providing vehicle emission maintenance services, to conduct literature surveys on overseas legislative requirements of licensing mechanics, and to recommend the way forward for consideration.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
This study revealed that there is overwhelming support (about 78.5% of the 1,183 garages interviewed) from the vehicle repair trade towards setting up a mandatory system to register/license vehicle maintenance mechanics as a mean to upgrade their skills to comply with the tightened environmental and safety requirements. Furthermore, about 88.5% of these garages agreed the Government to provide further education and training to mechanics. Among various training needs, the biggest needs are training on LPG vehicle servicing, diesel engine maintenance and petrol engine maintenance. The study also revealed that the vehicle repair trade is facing with various difficulties in complying with tightened environmental and safety requirements. These difficulties include : -
(a) vehicle service or maintenance manual not readily available ;
(b) lack of vehicle diagnostic equipment ; and
(c) lack of vehicle emission testing equipment.

To tackle these difficulties, some of the garages have plans to purchase vehicle diagnostic and emission testing equipment.