Vehicles Testing Center

The Vehicles Testing Center (VTC) at Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU) was established in 1997. According to the agreement signed between PPU and the Ministry of Transportation (MOT), the PPU’s VTC is the only accredited vehicles testing institution in the West Bank.

The establishment of the VTC was instructed by the prevailing political situation and the pressing needs of the Palestinian vehicle owners: the prevailing closures of the Palestinian territories, the peace process and the ongoing changes in the area, the gradual separation of Palestinian and Israeli economies, and the pressing need of establishing independent Palestinian economy and infrastructure.

Until the establishment of the VTC, Palestinian vehicle owners and Ministry of transport had depended on Israeli workshops and laboratories for engineering, implementation, testing and certification of changes in road vehicle construction and usage.

Since the signing of the agreement in November 1997 until the end of December 2012, more than 75000 vehicles were tested in the VTC, 40000 are private and passenger cars, and the rest are commercial vehicles. Engineering and testing fees for each vehicle varies from 200 to thousands of US$, which means a saving of several millions of dollars to the Palestinian economy.

Vehicle testing can be made at the request of the vehicle owner, but most of the tests were made upon the request of the MOT licensing departments. The scope of the performed tests covered all the requirements of road vehicles construction and usage, changes in load carrying bodies, annual certification, installation of auxiliary mechanical systems and devices, changes in vehicle structure, after accident tests, and vehicle forgery and falsification tests.

 

The following tests were the most frequent over the past 3 years:

       1. Changes in the construction and use of trucks and commercial vehicles, which include:

  • Installation of load carrying bodies.

  • Changing load carrying bodies (platform, box-type, closed, tipping, de-mountable, etc)

  • Installation of special containers (liquid tankers, refrigerators, concrete mixers, solid waste compactors …etc.)

  • Installation of special equipment such as cranes and hydraulic lifts.

  • Installation of passenger seats.

  • Changing wheel base and chassis extension/shortening.

  1. Testing vehicles involved in car accidents, which include:

  • Inspection and assessment of damages and deformation of vehicle frames.

  • Assessment of road worthiness

  • Testing propulsion, steering and suspension systems.

  • Testing of road safety systems

  • Stability and road safety tests

  1. Testing old vehicles

  • Annual testing of hydraulic lifts

  • Annual testing of liquid carrying vehicles

  • Re-licensing old vehicles

  1. Testing suspected vehicles for forgery and falsification of chassis’s numbers.

  2. Testing the installation of special devices such as: towing brackets, coupling devices, corner fittings for freight containers, side guards, under-run devices, bumper bars, spray suppressors …etc.

  3. Testing of mechanical auxiliary systems for car driving to be used by the handicapped or driver training.

  4. Other types of tests requested by MOT.

 

Future goals of VTC are:

  1. acquiring state-of-the-art testing equipment

  2. Establishment of a training center and offer specialized training courses for vehicle drivers, service men, and garage foremen.

  3. Participation in setting-up national standards for road vehicles

 

Conclusion

VTC is a vehicle testing center for testing and certification of changes in the vehicle structure. Tests in VTC are carried out according to EEC directives and the standards and regulations enforced by the MOT and the Palestinian National Authority.

In spite of the short time run, and the shallow resources, VTC at Palestine Polytechnic is a well established and a well-known institution in automotive testing. It is serving the Palestinian car owners throughout the West Bank. It has a great credibility among the public and the official departments. The number of private vehicles tested at the request of their owners had risen from 0% in 1997 to 40% of the private cars in 2012.

VTC is achieving the goals of its establishment by creating jobs in the local community, offsetting trade deficit, and reducing the dependence on Israeli market and infrastructure.

 

 

STAFF:

Director: M. RABA’I (B.Sc., 3- Years Diploma BSC mechanical engineer)

H. AMRO (B.Sc. mechanical engineer)

Technicians:

B. MUHTASEB (Automotive technician)

I.QADI (Automotive technician)

M .MAHMUD (Automotive technician)

Part-time workers:

M. ZALLOUM (engineer -Electronics and injection systems specialist)

A.ZUGHAYYER ( engineer- Electronics and injection systems specialist)

M. KAWASMI (ENGINEER)

 

Contact US :

VEHICLES TESTING CENTER

Ein sarah –st TELEFAX (02)2221098

Email: direc-vtc@ppu.edu