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A-Katsastus publishes 2011 rejection statistics in Finland

Contains new information about heavy vehicles

A-KATSASTUS PUBLISHES 2011 REJECTION STATISTICS

For the fourth time, A-Katsastus publishes make and model-specific rejection statistics for passenger cars and vans. According to 2011 rejection statistics, damper and tyre defects are on the increase compared with previous years. For the first time, statistics have also been gathered for heavy vehicles.

A-Katsastus Group inspected approximately 925,000 passenger cars in Finland in 2011. The statistics include the cars that were introduced into use in 1998–2006 or 2008 and all models with at least 100 inspected cars. The statistics also include the cars’ average mileage. The rejection percentage of inspected cars last year was 24.8, which is at the level of 2009. During the same time, the average age of vehicles has risen from 11.5 years to 11.7 years and the number of detected defects per hundred inspections has increased from 109 defects to 111 defects.

The most significant change in the defects causing rejection was in defects related to shock absorption, which have increased to 2.6 % (1.9% in 2009). The share of tyre defects in rejection causes has also increased to 2.1 % (1.6%). On the other hand, the share of operating brake and chassis defects in rejection causes has decreased somewhat during the period under review.

The 2011 rejection statistics for passenger cars are available in full on A-Katsastus Oy's website (in Finnish), which makes them more accessible than before. The statistics can be searched on the basis of the year of introduction into use, make or model; www.a-katsastus.fi/vikatilasto.

Heavy fleet defects have increased over last three years

For the first time, A-Katsastus has also gathered statistics on heavy fleet vehicles. Last year, A-Katsastus inspected over 40,000 heavy vehicles. More defects were detected during inspections than in the two previous years and simultaneously the number of rejections grew considerably.

Hannu Pellikka, technical director of A-Katsastus, considers the recent developments worrying.

– Considering that most rejections of heavy vehicles are caused by defects in brakes, the development over past few years gives pause to serious contemplation. The technical condition of heavy fleet vehicles is an extremely important factor for general road safety, says Pellikka.

According to Pellikka, one reason for the relative commonness of brake defects is the fact that brakes as mechanical components are susceptible to wear and the number of kilometres driven is very high for heavy vehicles.

In total, 27.7% of lorries with an overall mass of more than 12,000 kg were rejected in the inspections. In 2009, the corresponding figure was 25.9%. The number of detected defects per 100 inspections increased from 121 defects to 140 defects. The average age of inspected lorries rose from 8.7 years to 9.6 years during the period under review.

In total, 25.7% of buses with an overall mass of more than 10,000 kg were rejected last year as opposed to 24.0% in 2009. The number of detected defects per 100 inspections increased from 90 defects to 102 defects. The average age of buses inspected dropped from 12.0 to 11.8 years.

– Similar development is evident in statistics for trailers and semi-trailers with an overall mass of more than 10,000 kg; the most common cause for rejection among them also is defects in the brakes, says Hannu Pellikka.

For further information, please contact:

Hannu Pellikka, Technical Director, A-Katsastus Oy, tel. +358 45 632 2022

A-Katsastus Group is one of the leading European companies providing vehicle inspection, trade-in inspection and registration services. Company’s range of services also includes driver’s examinations, vehicle testing and automotive quality services. The Group has 2,000 employees and 285 inspection stations in seven countries. The company operates in Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Sweden. The corporate headquarters is located in Helsinki, Finland. www.a-katsastus.com